Police are trying to find the man who they said pepper-sprayed, beat up and then robbed the owners of a Charlotte jewelry store.
The robbery happened Thursday afternoon at A. Bonnart Jewelers in south Charlotte. The store is on Providence Road in the Strawberry Hill shopping center.
The jeweler, Mario Makar, said the man hit him so many times he thought he was going to kill him.
“He said, ‘I am here to spray for bugs.’ The next thing I know, he walked in the back through the doorway. He sprayed my dad with something. I don’t know what it was; then he sprayed me,” Makar said.
Makar said the man then came at him with what appeared to be brass knuckles. He said he tried to fight back but couldn’t see well because he had been pepper-sprayed.
Makar was taken to a hospital with a broken nose.
He said he couldn’t believe the man would also attack his 78-year-old dad, who was also pepper-sprayed.
Police said expensive watches, including Breitling watches, were taken in the robbery. The robber was seen getting into a dark gray, small car driven by a white man.
The robber is described as a black man who was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, orange traffic vest, black pants and black shoes, police said. He was carrying a duffel bag.
Police released surveillance photos from outside the store and said they’re seeking information on the man shown in the top left corner of the photos. Investigators said they're looking specifically at the uniqueness of the bag the man in the photos is carrying and the fact that he was wearing an orange traffic vest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.