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Police probe weekend robberies

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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A home invasion was among several robberies and attempted robberies that occurred during the weekend.

On Saturday night, police said a 58-year-old man was inside a house on the 400 block of Dexter Street when two men forced their way into his home. The suspects reportedly threatened the man with a handgun, stealing his wallet before running from the home. The victim was not injured in the incident.

The suspects are described as black men – one with a light complexion, one with a medium complexion – between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet tall in their twenties with medium builds and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Officers responded shortly after midnight on Friday to a robbery on the 600 block of Paul Street when a 45-year-old woman reported she was approached from behind by a gunman who stole her purse, wallet, cellphone and wig then fled the scene. The woman was not injured. The suspect is described as a black man with a close-cut hair cut, wearing a red and black shirt and jeans.

A third robbery was avoided when the victim reportedly fought back. The incident happened around 9:50 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Evergreen Road and Burton Street when he was approached while walking. He fought the attempted robbers, who fled empty-handed. The suspects are described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10 black men, between the ages of 15 and 25, weighing 120 to 150 pounds with medium builds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.