Police request public's assistance

The Wake Forest Police Department is requesting public assistance as it works to identify and arrest the individual responsible for an assault and attempted armed robbery last evening, Feb. 1, along North Main Street.


At approximately 8:25 p.m., officers responded to a reported assault and attempted armed robbery along the 200 block of North Main Street. According to the victim, a suspect approached him from behind and demanded money before striking him with an unknown object.

The victim describes the suspect as a black male, standing 6-feet tall, 20-30 years of age, wearing all black. He was last seen entering the passenger side of a dark-colored SUV, occupied by a black male driver.

The victim, a 75-year-old male, was transported by EMS to WakeMed North where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information that might assist the ongoing investigation of this incident is encouraged to call the Wake Forest Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. All calls are confidential.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

In the meantime, police are urging area residents to always be sensible and remain alert. The following tips are designed to help reduce the risk of robbery or assault:

  • If possible, don't walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can because there is always safety in numbers.

  • Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. That way, police can be notified as quickly as possible if there is a problem.

  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.

  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes and other potential hiding places.

  • If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.

  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don't stop to talk to strangers.

  • Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. And don't burden yourself with too many packages or items.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don't turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.

  • Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.

  • Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Wake Forest Police Department.

The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the town’s citizens to be its eyes and ears. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call the police department at 9-1-1 or 919-556-9111. You may remain anonymous.

Posted by Bill Crabtree 02/02/2018