Police charged a 17-year-old Monday with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon after he was accused of robbing a Raleigh man at gunpoint.
Police say Timone Perry of Knightdale approached Mario Villegas around 11:50 a.m. on Lynwood Road under the Interstate 540 overpass in Knightdale and demanded Villegas’ cellphone.
Several neighbors saw Perry running from the scene and called police. With the help of Zebulon’s K-9 unit, police arrested Perry about a third of a mile away from the site of the robbery.
“We are immensely grateful to the citizens of Knightdale who called in the tips,” Police Chief Jason Godwin said. “They were paying attention and spoke up when something looked wrong. We were able to catch the suspect and find the weapon much more quickly because of their help.”
Police said it appeared Villegas was looking for scrap metal at the time of the robbery. According to police, Perry lives near the Mingo Creek townhomes, about two miles from where he was arrested.
Police were able to recover Villegas’ phone.