RALEIGH — Sheriff’s investigators hope the fingerprints they found after an attempted robbery Friday will lead to the capture of whoever is responsible for a series of armed robberies last week in North Raleigh.
Investigators lifted the fingerprints from the North Raleigh home where an armed man tried to kidnap and rob a woman, according to a search warrant application made public Wednesday. Investigators also seized a pearl bracelet and took photos to preserve evidence of the crime that occurred at the home in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way, according to the application.
Sheriff’s investigators and Raleigh police detectives think the attempted robbery may be linked to a series of robberies in which a man used a handgun to force people to drive their own vehicles to ATMs and withdraw cash. There have been four such robberies since early Sunday, Sept. 22, in addition to the attempted robbery Friday night.
It was just before 9:30 p.m. Friday when a woman called 911 to report that she had just escaped from a man who tried to kidnap her and force her to drive her car to an ATM to withdraw cash, according to the search warrant.
The woman told sheriff’s deputies that she was at the home on Wynneford Way to dog sit for a man who was out of town. The woman said she had just entered the home, greeted the animals and then took one outside to her car parked in the driveway. The woman said she was about to grab a bag inside the vehicle when a man hooked his arm around her neck, stuck a handgun to her cheek and said in a raspy voice, “Stay calm and leave the dog in the car,” according to the court affidavit.
The woman went back inside the home with the man, who asked her where money and jewelry were kept. The woman told the man she did not know, and they went upstairs to the home’s master bedroom, according to the affidavit.
The man pointed the gun at the woman again and ordered her to turn her face away from him while he riffled through a jewelry box. Once the man finished, he “reproached” the woman and then refused her request to go to the bathroom. He instead forced her downstairs and out of the home, according to the affidavit.
The gunman told the woman to give him her car keys and debit card so they could go to an ATM for a withdrawal. When the woman told the man she could not find her keys or debit card, he pushed her to the ground and kicked her, according to the affidavit.
The woman managed to run away, found her keys and drove to a nearby convenience store. She called 911 and gave “a detailed description” to investigators, according to the affidavit. She told them he was a skinny black man with a light brown complexion and short hair and that he wore a mask to conceal his face. She said he also wore a Halloween-type cape that reached down to his ankles and a worn, older pair of gray sneakers with white laces.