Raleigh police suspect helmeted man in three armed robberies

From staff reportsSeptember 24, 2013 

— Police think three armed robberies in the city since early Sunday may have been committed by the same man.

The robberies happened at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road; at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of Furman Hall; and about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Collins Drive.

In one case, someone took a woman’s purse and assaulted a man accompanying her on a sidewalk. In the second case, a man forced a woman to drive from her apartment complex parking lot to an ATM and withdraw money; the man took the money and the vehicle, police say.

In the final incident, a man reportedly entered a couple’s home at gunpoint, taking money and jewelry before forcing them to drive to an ATM for more cash, eventually departing in their vehicle.

Police say the suspect in all three cases was described as a black man standing about 6 feet tall with a medium build. In two cases, the man wore a black motorcycle helmet with a full-face shield, a black motorcycle-style jacket, black pants, black shoes and black gloves. The suspect in the last robbery wore all black except for an orange and yellow zip-up jacket, according to police.

Raleigh police are accepting tips and information about the robberies through Raleigh CrimeStoppers by phone at 919-834-4357 and via www.raleighcrimestoppers.org.

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