A distraught employee at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre told an emergency dispatcher that three armed men burst into the business office late Monday morning, pointed guns at her and her co-workers’ heads, ordered them on the floor and stuffed a half million dollars into the backpacks they were carrying before fleeing on foot.
“I just got robbed,” the female employee told an emergency dispatcher.
“Did they take anything?’ the dispatcher asked.
“Yes,” the 911 caller replied. “$500,000.”
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The unidentified caller reported the robbery just after 11:36 a.m. Monday. According to a copy of a 911 recording made public Tuesday, the caller told the dispatcher that after attending a meeting she walked into the Walnut Creek business office where three men wearing masks and guns, “the whole thing,” had her co-workers lying on the floor, with guns pointed at their heads.
Shortly after the robbery was reported, a Wake County sheriff’s deputy arrested Adjani Jari Bryant, 22, walking nearby. Bryant, who lives less than two miles from the amphitheater, was charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of second-degree kidnapping, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
Police were still looking for two other suspects late Tuesday.
The 911 caller said she was ordered to open the safe and said she thought at least one of the gunmen may have been a former employee, or at least someone familiar with the business office.
“He could be one of my employees because he knew where the money was kept,” she told the dispatcher. “When I came in, all these people were on the floor and the money room was open, so they knew where the money was kept, but obviously they needed me to open the safe.”
She was then ordered to get down on the floor, too, while four of her co-workers were taken somewhere else in the building. During the 911 call, they still had not been located, and she asked others to “check the cooler” and “check the freezer,” where they were eventually found, unharmed, according to the 911 recording.
The woman told the dispatcher that the men did not call each other by name but kept referring to one another by the “N” word, according to the 911 recording.
She described two of the gunmen as “short,” each standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall. The third suspect was taller, about 5 feet 10 inches, according to the 911 recording.
The 911 caller said the men “ripped opened” the green bank deposit bags and stuffed the cash in backpacks with designs of some sort on them.
The robbers also took the caller’s Verizon cellphone and another employee’s two Sprint phones.
The dispatcher asked the caller for her cellphone number to allow police to track its location, according to the 911 recording.
Police transported Bryant to the Wake County jail where he is being held under a $751,000 bail, a jail spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.