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Posted: 1:02 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Torie Wells
STATESVILLE, N.C. —
Statesville police are looking for a man they say told three people he was a narcotics officer, then robbed them with a gun. Lindsay Hall says she owns Eastside Billiards in Statesville. Monday night she ran out into the parking lot after a young woman came in saying she had been robbed. "The girl came in, hysterically crying, saying she had been robbed at gunpoint in our parking lot," said Hall. Police say two men and a woman were sitting in their car when a man come up with a gun on his hip and a gun in his hand. "He told them to get out of the vehicle and place their hands on the car, that he was a narcotics police officer," said Capt. Bryan Johnson, with the Statesville Police Department. The victims then told police the man ordered two of them to the ground and used zip ties to tie their hands behind their back. According to the police report, the man stole $300 before police said he cut the zip ties and took off. A police search with K-9 units did not turn up a suspect. "We're following up on some leads we did get from the victims, we're hoping this wasn't a random act, but we are following up on all leads at this point," said Johnson. As police continue to investigate, Hall said she hopes anyone with information comes forward. She said she's never felt unsafe at her business and doesn't want to start being wary now. "We want this guy off the street. I don't want my customers harassed, I don't want anyone harmed, frightened," said Hall. Police say the suspect has been described as a white man who was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, black boots and a bandana around his neck. One of the victims told Eyewitness News over the phone that the man was in his late 40s, was heavyset and had gray facial hair.
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