WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man fired two shots at robbers who held him up at gunpoint in downtown Wilmington Saturday night after the robbers reportedly threatened to kill him.
The victim's shots missed the suspects and the three got away. They were last seen running north on Castle Street.
No one was injured during the incident.
Lt. Obbie Blanton said the robbers stole the man's cell phone but police found it a few blocks away.
Officers used police dogs to search for three suspects in the Castle Street area.
Blanton provided descriptions of the suspects, all are in the late teens and early 20s.
The suspect who had the gun is described as a 5-foot-8 black male, who was wearing dark clothes and a red sweatshirt. He was described as clean-shaven.
The second suspect was 5-foot-5 and had his face covered.
The third is described as being a 5-foot-7 black man, who was wearing a sweatshirt over his head.
Blanton said police have seen a recent spike in robberies.
Three armed robberies were reported to police on Friday night. One happened in the 500 block of Front Street, but the suspect description is different than the robbery that took place Saturday evening.
Also, Friday night, Blanton said two other people were held up at gunpoint in two separate incidents at the Ramada Inn and the EconoLodge. Both are on Market Street.
Police are investigating all of the incidents.
Blanton said officers are taking proactive steps to address the recent robberies, which tend to spike during the holidays.
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