Police charge man in Sept. robbery attempt at Raleigh McDonald's

From staff reportsJanuary 17, 2013 

— Police detectives have charged a 33-year-old man with attempted robbery and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 24 incident that happened at 3 a.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot off Wake Forest Road.

Wilbert Lee Howard III of 1713 Dallas St. in Raleigh was arrested Wednesday evening at detective headquarters on Atlantic Avenue.

He was the man, police charge, whom they described in an Oct. 4 request for the public’s help in finding the man who had forced a delivery man into the restaurant at gunpoint and said he was going to rob the driver, but then left without taking any money.

Police did not disclose what led them to Howard.

The incident happened at 2801 Wake Forest Road.

Working from a description after the would-be robbery, police had said they were looking for a black man who stood about 6 foot 2 and weighed165 to 180 pounds.

A report of Lee’s arrest says he is 5 foot 9 and weighs 155 pounds now.

The charges against Howard were attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, second-degree kidnapping, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver it, maintaining a vehicle to store or sell drugs – all felonies – and three counts of failing to appear in court to answer earlier misdemeanor charges.

His total bond was set at $583,000, and he was being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

State prison records label Howard as an absconder from probation that he was granted after a March 2006 conviction for being a habitual felon.

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