RALEIGH — A 57-year-old man was beaten bloody late Monday night at Pullen Park in West Raleigh before he staggered into a nearby convenience store and asked an employee there to call police.
The employee called 911 and reported that the man was really, really bleeding and that the victims friend, a 48-year-old man who was still in the park, might have got killed, according to a copy of a 911 recording made public Tuesday afternoon.
Two armed men assaulted the two victims in the park and stole a car from them. At least one gunshot was fired, but no one was hit, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue
Police recovered the stolen car, a 2005 Toyota sedan, less than a mile away near Central Prison, Sughrue said.
The attack occurred about 10 p.m. in a parking lot on the east side of the park near Ashe Avenue.
The two men, who both live in Raleigh, were standing near their cars when two other men wearing dark clothing walked up to them, police reported.
The store clerk, who was not identified, told the 911 dispatcher that the man, who was inside the store washing blood from his head and mouth, said the victim still at the park may have been shot.
Police did not have detailed descriptions of the suspects, but said they were black, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed about 165 pounds. Both wore black jeans and black, hooded jackets or sweatshirts. No other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, skin tone, facial hair or scars were reported.
A crime alert was broadcast throughout nearby N.C. State University after the incident. Police had no indication, however, that the men who were assaulted had any connection to the university.
The robbery is the most serious crime reported in Pullen Park over the past year, according to police records. The vast majority of police calls are security checks where beat officers go by the location to make sure everything is secure, Sughrue said. The doors are locked, the gates are closed. That sort of thing.
Since March of last year, police also have responded to reports of stray dogs, parking violations, motor vehicle accidents, traffic stops, several drug violations, one report of begging and special assignments when the park hosts events.
Anyone with information about Mondays robbery should call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or to go to the Crime Stoppers website at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.