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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a man wanted for armed robbery at the Belk in Independence Mall after allegedly trying to attack an employee with a knife.

Last night investigators say employees saw a man police later identified as Cedric Reynard Smith stealing merchandise. When a security guard confronted him in the parking lot, police say Smith pulled out a knife and tried to cut an employee.

Investigators say Smith, 48, got into a red car and took off.

Police have warrants for him for armed robbery.

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2 Comments on "Police: Man wanted for shoplifting tried to knife worker"

Reggie Delft
2015 years 10 months ago

Cederic has an 18-page criminal record — theft, drugs, driving crazy, etc. What happened to three strikes and you’re out? Old Cederic has 50+ strikes and he’s still very much in the criminal game. Will Ben David and our judges please lock this man up for life.

2015 years 10 months ago

The Mall is a “No Gun Zone” so this doesn’t surprise me at all. Sheep in a corral will always be easy prey for wolves. A well trained person could have ended this situation for good.

Rule #1: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.


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