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Police: Armed robbery at Raleigh home unrelated to spree

Posted October 2, 2013 10:35 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2013 11:40 p.m. EDT

— A 72-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in his north Raleigh home Wednesday afternoon by two men who entered through an unlocked door.

Police said the crime doesn't appear to be related to a string of aggressive armed robberies reported in the area over the past 10 days.

This case doesn't fit the pattern, police said, because two men were involved, they made no effort to cover their faces and they didn't take the victim from his home to withdraw cash from an ATM.

The victim, who didn't want to be identified, said he believed at first that the robbery was related.

"The door opened and a guy put a gun over (a) chair. He didn't point it at me but he put it over the chair," he said. "My first thought was it might have been one of the ATM robberies."

He said the crimes are making him take extra precautions.

"You need to be very vigilant and you need to make sure you look through the peep hole before you open the door even if it's locked," he said. 

His neighbors are also on high alert.

"We've kind of been more aware of our surroundings in our apartment complex," said Wylie Bindeman. "The apartment complex actually has stepped up security."

"I'm trying to exercise precaution when I'm running," said Jocelin Deese-Spruill. "Normally I run with my ear buds. I'm holding my phone tonight. I'm just trying to be more aware."