• Police release surveillance video of gas station armed robbery in Newton

    By: Dave Faherty


    NEWTON, N.C. - On Monday afternoon police released the surveillance video of that robbery.

    Eyewitness News asked investigators here at police headquarters to play it several times.

    The gunman was only in the store for 23-seconds.

    The robbery unfolded at the Wilco Hess convenience store on Business 321 in Newton early Sunday morning, but it is what happened outside the business as the robber ran away that has investigators concerned on Monday night.

    "You can see where the shot hit my car," said Frankie Rosman.

    Roseman has been delivering papers for the Hickory Daily Record since he was a child.

    Police said the robber fired four shots at Roseman after robbing the business.

    Roseman entered the business where he delivers papers, and when the suspect came in, he pointed the gun right at Roseman.

    Roseman said he first though about hiding in a bathroom, but realized that he did not have his phone.

    He said he went outside, got into his car to call 911 and then seconds later heard the gunfire.

    Roseman believes the robber opened fire because he was calling for help.

    "I just hope they get this guy. I can fix my car and Wilco can replace the money but you can't replace people," said Roseman.

    Police have only a vague description of the robber but they do believe he may have had another person with him.

    Some eyewitnesses described seeing a red Grand Am leaving the area at the time of the robbery.

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