Sheriff’s deputies search for armed robbery suspect

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Submitted: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 2:24pm
Updated: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 7:56pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help finding a man who robbed a Papa John’s employee at a bank early Friday morning.

Investigators say around 1:50 a.m. Friday the man robbed the Papa John’s worker at knife point and took the business’s night deposit. It happened in the parking lot of the Sun Trust Bank at 7018 Market Street.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5’10” tall and 140-150 lbs. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and black pants.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money from the victim, the suspect left on foot through the parking lot behind the bank and into woods.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (910) 798-4161.


  • Tim says:

    Another Reason People should have a Conceal Carry Permit. One day These Idiots will learn to get money the Legal Way. Wait I’ sorry they are to LAZY to do that. A legal CCW Holder could have put the fear of God & The Legal Right to carry into this Creeps mind (if he had one that is) I’ll bet anything the robber is a Convicted Felon…. Just glad the employee is ok..

  • guesty says:

    Most private employers don’t let employees carry a weapon while on-duty or even have one in their vehicle if the vehicle is parked on company property. I remember a Pizza Hut employee shot and killed 2 robbers in Charlotte and it was still undetermined if he would be fired.

  • Tim says:

    True, But How many employees will get robbed or killed because some sorry A$$ Worthless crack head is to lazy to work? I’m tired of hearing ” I can’t find work” Their are jobs to be had. Some will not take them because the job only pays $8-$9 per hr. So they feel why
    should they do that when they can make few hundred in just a few mins. Until these Anti- gun wimps get a clue it’s a 50-50 chance will I get robbed or murdered tonight when employees make bank drops at night. It’s time to stop letting Crimnals run our lives to work with there schedule. It’s sad when we elect Sen./Gov. Congress to help protect our rights inturn they tuck tails and run & hide and give in. It’s one thing to say We don’t need guns and the rules for legal gun owners should have less rights when you have a bodyguard with you and at or near your home at night. What about the ones that have to look out for ourselfs? Don’t get me wrong 911 is a great thing to have when needed, But when it takes 15-20 mins or longer that time can be FOREVER, and ALOT can happen in the time. from SAFE to DEAD in less then a few foot steps.

  • John says:

    The only problem is the bleeding hearts and employers who want to just sit back and let these thugs continue. And If Obama has his ways, only the criminals will have guns. As a retired law enforcement officer, Im in total favor of all legal citizens and non felons being permitted to carry protection in every state and those permits legally issued by one state are valid across state lines with proper background checks. If we dont take control, we know the government aint going to do it, the thugs will take over. And should you ever have to protect yourself with deadly force by gun, remember to aim center of mass.

  • John says:

    As most of the these employees are being near or at minimum wages, then the store owner should be making these money drops. Maybe after a few of them start getting robbed they will change their attitude and outlook on carrying protection. And for those owners of a business that arent making the drops they dont really care, there back at the shop or home safe and snug.

  • tweety11 says:

    have guns become a problem only since 08 or have criminals been using them since the days of Al Caponte and others.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    No employer or corporation wants it to continue. The simple fact is, however, that from a purely business decision, it makes much more sense to advise an employee to cooperate fully and prohibit any resistance at all.

    Do I like it? Of course not! But let’s assume that it was a good night and the employee was going to drop $5k at the bank. Best case? The $5k gets stolen. Worst case? The $5k gets stolen and the employee gets killed. As an employer, I’m out $5k, I have to retrain a new employee, and if I’m self-insured and offer employee life insurance as a benefit, I may be out a lot more.

    Let’s assume the absolute worst and fix a price of $100k for all three items.

    When Mama files suit against everybody on the planet, because mean ol’ (insert company name) lets their employees go about armed, and one of them killed her precious son (“He was a GOOD boy!”) I’m going to pay $500k or more to fight it and still may lose if they gather a jury from among the great unwashed. I likely can’t even settle for $100k.

    So it’s an economic decision, pure and simple.

    Now, here’s the inside scoop – “no weapons” policies are there for only one reason: To provide the employer with an escape claus. “Hey, you can’t sue us. We have a clear policy that prohibits weapons and resistance, and HE has already been terminated for not following our policy.”

    My advice? Ignore the policy if possible. Few companies do anything more than have the policy to cover their butts. You might get caught, but I’d ratehr be tried by twelve than carried by six.

    Oh, one more bit of advice – center mass on heavy .40’s, .45, or 10mm. Double-tap headshots only on 9mm and leave that .380 home as a paperweight.

  • chris says:

    dear sir:please dont make this issue of obama and what he plans to do…. he has kept his word its the stupid republicans and tea potters that have staled the jobs bill that helps our roads and bridges that would give jobs and some people wouldnt have sort in breaking the law…. then there are bad people period…..assult weaponsare for war but the whinney nra said against our rights…well tell that to movie theather people or the high schools that are being shot up with theseassult weapons… your way again is to restort to more violence cops use to called peace officers…

  • chester says:

    I do know that 7-11 and the old Zip mart stores had a rule. If you resisted a robbery you were fired on the spot. their reasoning is why risk an employee for a few hundred dollars. I have read the stories about the people who have resisted robbers in Wilmington stores with a gun. My thinking is when the next person goes to rob them goes in they will have a gun and at the first move will kill the clerk. Give them the money and go home to your family.

  • This is absurd.. I mean.. why do people always think they need to resort to these kinds of things?

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