::Police: Second Store Clerk Shot By Robber
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:04am
RALEIGH - The Raleigh Police Department is reporting that a robbery suspect who shot a Cary store clerk earlier this year in a January robbery is also believed to be the same man who shot a Raleigh store worker late Tuesday night.
Police say that the robbery suspect entered a convenience store at 5600 Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh around 9pm last night and "announced a robbery."
During the robbery, the Raleigh Police say that shots were fired by the suspect and the store clerk, Alfredo Espinosa, age 46, was struck multiple times from the gunfire.
Police say that Espinosa was transported to
WakeMed Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The suspect, who was last seen fleeing on foot, was described in the Raleigh case as a black male in his twenties or thirties standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and
weighing about 150-160 pounds. He was wearing a plain, dark colored baseball cap, a dark colored winter jacket, black pants and white sneakers.
In the Cary convenience store shooting in January, the robbery suspect was described in a similar fashion. In that robbery, the suspect is described by police as a black male, five feet seven inches to five feet eight inches tall, and police say he was last seen wearing a long, navy blue nylon jacket with gray piping over a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a navy or black baseball cap with no logo, white tennis shoes and black gloves.
Due to the similarities in his physical description and the distinctive
cap and jacket, the suspect is thought to have likely been responsible for at least three other recent robberies in Raleigh on November 26th, Wake County on January 8th and two in Cary on January 30th.
Cary Convenience Store Shooting
As stated above, police believe that the suspect in the Raleigh case also shot a store clerk in a Cary case earlier this year.
The Cary Police Department say the suspect shot a store clerk during an attempted armed robbery at the High House Food Mart on 832 Old Apex Road in Cary at 8:55pm on Tuesday night, January 30th.
Police say the suspect also tried to rob a Philips 66 gas station at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Maynard Avenue.
At the High House Food Mart, police say that the suspect walked into the gas station, brandished a large silver revolver and shot the clerk before fleeing the scene.
According to police reports, the clerk then called 911 and was later taken to WakeMed Raleigh. Police say the clerk was conscious upon being transported.
Police say they also believe the suspect is the same person who also tried to rob the Phillips 66 gas station at 1001 N. Harrison Avenue the same night around 8:36pm that same evening in Cary.
During that robbery attempt, the suspect allegedly brandished a large silver revolver at the clerk and the suspect fled the scene empty-handed. Police say that no one was hurt in that robbery attempt.
Anyone with information that might assist the investigation in any of the robberies is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department Detective Division at 919-890-3398 or the CrimeStoppers hotline at 919-226-2746. ::