Raleigh police, Wake deputies, search for ATM robber, kidnapper

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comSeptember 29, 2013 

— A pattern of robberies continued Friday night and local authorities are asking the public’s help to locate the man.

The latest incident — the fifth in a week — occurred Friday when an armed man attempted to rob a woman as she arrived at a house in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way to dog sit for friends, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was retrieving an overnight bag from her car at about 9 p.m. when the armed man approached her. He wore a 3-D mask and Halloween-type cape, according to Capt. Jimmy Stevens.

The man forced the woman into the house where he demanded money and jewelry, but she told him she didn't know where those things were kept. The man insisted they drive to an ATM where she could withdraw money, according to Stevens' report.

Once outside, she couldn't find her car keys. The man pushed her to the ground and kicked her, authorities said. As he was leaving, he removed the mask. The victim identified the man as a black male with light colored or brown skin and very closely cut hair, the report said.

After the man left, the woman found her keys and drove to a convenience store for help, the report said.

On Thursday night, an armed man kidnapped a woman in a neighborhood near Umstead Park and made her drive to a nearby ATM, the sheriff’s office reported.

Investigators were called to the 5000 block of Stoneridge Drive about 8:45 p.m. They said an armed man had forced the woman into her car and made her drive to a Wells Fargo ATM at 3301 Edwards Mill Road.

The woman then escaped, investigators say, and the gunman drove off in her car. Raleigh police believe it is linked to three other similar armed robberies in North Raleigh in the past week.

Police ask anyone with information about the robberies to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org.

 

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