• Cabarrus Co. asking for help to solve 2009 murder, robbery

    By: Allison Latos


    CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - The Cabarrus County Sheriff is turning to Channel 9 in hopes that you can help solve a robbery and murder case gone cold.

    In 2009, two black men wear masks robbed a pizza shop called Capriccio in Harrisburg and killed an employee.

    Capriccio owner, Antonio Mancino, still remembers the night the armed men burst through the back door.

    "I was over there in the dining room and they were working in the kitchen," he said. "That's when they came in the back, nobody moved and all of a sudden, I heard a shot."

    Investigators say when one employee, Eduardo Reyes Barragan, 26, wouldn't give up his wallet, the men shot him in the head.

    Mancino said it happened within 30 seconds. He and another employee can only describe the robbers as being in their mid-20s and wearing sweatshirts.

    They ran behind the business after the crime where police dogs lost the scent.

    "It's about justice," said Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley.

    For the first time since the crimes, Sheriff Brad Riley is revealing more details about the murder weapon to Channel 9.

    He took Eyewitness News back into the evidence room to display a 9mm assault rifle. He believes the robbers used that type of gun.

    "9mm is a smaller caliber, usually a handgun caliber," he said.

    The sheriff hopes that specific detail will spark new tips.

    "Maybe since that time there's been a similar crime or someone has been seen using that type of weapon matching their description," said Riley. "Something of that nature is what we're looking for."

    Even though Mancino has stepped up security at his restaurant, he wants to see arrests.

    "Even after four years, I'd be so happy if they could catch them," he said. "Believe me. That's my wish all these years."

    Cabarrus County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and Harrisburg businesses also have a $2,500 reward.

    If you have any information that could help police, call Crimestoppers at 704-93-CRIME or the Cabarrus County cold case line at 704-920-3067.

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