Raleigh police search for bewigged, armed restaurant bandit

From staff reportsApril 22, 2014 

The Raleigh Police Department is working to identify, locate and arrest the suspect seen in these two surveillance photos. He is wanted for three armed robberies that occurred during a recent three-week time span.

— Police are searching for a stocky, bewigged man who was sporting fake facial hair when he robbed at gunpoint three North Raleigh restaurants at gunpoint in recent weeks.

No serious injuries were reported, though the suspect struck one restaurant employee with a handgun, police said.

Investigators say the armed robberies took place over a three-week period, starting March 22. In all three cases, the suspect carried a handgun and took money and cell phones before fleeing.

In each instance, police say the robber wore an Afro-type wig, bushy sideburns and a mustache. Police released two surveillance photos of the man they think is responsible for the robberies.

The first robbery took place about 8:30 p.m. on March 22 at the Subway restaurant at 3901 Capital Blvd.

The second happened on April 16 at about 9:45 p.m. at the Papa John’s restaurant at 5260 Capital Blvd. In that instance, the man struck an employee with the handgun.

Two days later, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the bewigged bandit struck again at the Subway restaurant at 4112 Pleasant Valley Rd.

Witnesses described the robber as a dark-complexioned man who may be 25 to 35 years old. He stands about 6 feet tall.

Investigators ask anyone who thinks they may know the identity of the suspect or who has other information that might assist the investigation to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solves cases.

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