Crime

Man hit in Wake Forest street-robbery try; police ask help to find suspect

This is one of two men whom Wake Forest, NC, police say drove off without paying for gas at a convenience store on Feb. 1, 2018, and may have been connected with an assault and attempted robbery of a 75-year-old man later that night.
This is one of two men whom Wake Forest, NC, police say drove off without paying for gas at a convenience store on Feb. 1, 2018, and may have been connected with an assault and attempted robbery of a 75-year-old man later that night. Wake Forest Police Department

Police said Friday that they are looking for help from the public to find the person who tried to rob a 75-year-old man on North Main Street Thursday night and hit him before running off.

The suspect they were trying to find was described in a department Facebook post as a black man, 6 feet tall, 20-30 years old and wearing all black. He was last seen entering the passenger side of a dark-colored SUV occupied by a black male driver, the request said.

Police said the man who committed the assault and the driver may be the two who a hour earlier had driven away from the Wake Forest Deli and Grocery at 711 N. Main St. without paying for gas they put in their car.

The attack happened about 8:25 p.m. in the 200 block of North Main, police said.

The man told police that someone came up behind him, demanded money and then hit him with something.

Police did not say if they knew or had an idea why the attacker ran.

Medics took the victim to WakeMed North hospital for treatment, police said.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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