Wake County

Two construction workers robbed on Hay River Street in Garner

Investigators Preston Charles (right) and Bert Walker (left) interview the two workers who were robbed at gun point Thursday morning at a construction site on the 700 block of Hay River Street.
Investigators Preston Charles (right) and Bert Walker (left) interview the two workers who were robbed at gun point Thursday morning at a construction site on the 700 block of Hay River Street. jalexander@newsobserver.com

Authorities are looking for two men who fled a house construction site after they robbed two workers at gun point Thursday morning.

The armed robbery happened around 9 a.m. in the 700 block of Hay River Street.

Victor Cruz, one of the two workers robbed, said two men asked if they could borrow his phone. He said he went back to work but when the two men came back they had a weapon.

“They pointed the weapon at (the other worker) and they also pointed the weapon at me,” Cruz said.

Raul Hinojosa, the other worker robbed, said that his coworkers – about four of them – went out to lunch and asked him to look after the truck because they saw two suspicious men watching them.

“I would see them and they would walk away and then come back,” Hinojosa said. “They did that about three times. When they walked up that’s when they asked him for his phone.”

Hinojosa said after the man used Cruz’s phone he gave it to Hinojosa. He said one of the guys asked for the phone again and when he said “no,” that man pulled out a gun and said “Give me the money.”

Hinojosa said he didn’t have any money and the man asked again and pointed the gun at him.

“I told him I only have $10. ‘What is $10 going to do for you?” Hinojosa told the man. “That’s when the guy holding the gun took my wallet.”

The two men asked him where the other worker was and he pointed to the ladder on top of the house. The men told Cruz to come down.

“He was going to give him the money but (the robber) insisted he give him the wallet instead,” Hinojosa said. The men fled after taking Cruz’s wallet.

The two victims were not hurt. By the time police arrived the robbers had already left the scene. Investigator P. Charles said the two fled toward the Gatewood subdivision off Creech Road. He said it took a while for police to respond because there was a language barrier at the 911-call center.

A witness, who declined to be identified, said she was looking out of her bathroom window when saw the two men, pacing back and forth in front of the construction site, and looking at the workers.

She said the two men were about 18 or 19 years old and were black with lighter skinned complexion. She said one had dreadlocks and was wearing a gray jacket and tan pants. The other was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, she said.

She said she did not see the robbery because she left. But she said before the robbery she saw the two men get in a black SUV and come back.

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