Cary Residents On Alert After Three Armed Robberies in Four Hours
Posted December 5, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
CARY — People in the growing Wake County town ofCaryare on alert after three armed robberies in just four hours. Police are asking for your help to catch two people who they say committed all of the crimes.
The robbery spree began at the Homewood Suites in Cary. That's where police say the robbers assaulted a clerk without even touching him.
At 10:30 Sunday night, a man walked into the Homewood Suites.
Police say he asked some general questions about the room rates, and then they say he walked back in with a shotgun. The clerk tried to escape through a side window.
"He was evidently in great fear of his life. He chose to to go through a closed window. When he did, he suffered lacerations and a ruptured spleen," said Lt. Steve Lee.
Fifteen minutes later and a mile away, police say the same man appeared at the front desk of the LaQuinta Inn.
The same routine played out, but the clerk did not get hurt.
"Very scary, but she handled everything perfectly. She did everything he asked, and it ended very quickly," said hotel manager Keith Taylor.
About three and a half hours later on the same stretch of Highway 64, two men matching the same description hit Han-Dee Hugos. No one was hurt, but this time one suspect was caught on tape with a single-barrel shotgun in hand.
Lee says fear is what sent the Homewood Suites clerk to the hospital, and it could send the suspects to prison for more than armed robbery.
"They could be charged with felony assault even though they never laid hands on him," said Lee.
Police also say they were driving a late 1980s-1990s model Honda Accord or Prelude. If you have information, call Cary Crimestoppers at226-CRIME.
The clerk who was injured is at WakeMed and hopes to be out of the hospital in a couple of days.