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Man robbed at gunpoint outside Waffle House

By Sara Gregory
Salisbury Post
A man blowing a parking lot clean Tuesday morning came face to face with a gunman who demanded his wallet.
The man gave the robber and an accomplice some cash, but kept his billfold.
The victim was cleaning the lot at Waffle House, 936 Jake Alexander Blvd., at about 5:20 a.m. when two suspects approached him from behind and made their demand.
With a pistol pointed at him, the victim backed away and at first told the men no.
But the suspects ran off after taking cash the victim threw on the ground.
“It didn’t really scare me,” the victim said Wednesday. “But going through my mind, I didn’t know if the guy was going to shoot me or not.”Salisbury police now are looking for the two suspects, described as young black men about 6 feet tall and 130 pounds. It was too dark to see the men’s faces clearly, but both were wearing hoodies and jeans, Salisbury Police Deputy Chief Steve Whitley said.
The victim said he first noticed the two suspects after they walked across the parking lot and into a store across the street.
The man said he was almost finished when one of the suspects called out to him from the back of the parking lot near a dumpster.
“I thought they went on back down the road but then when I got ready to put my blower on the truck, one of them called me,” the victim said. “When I turned around he was already pointing a pistol at me.”
The two suspects didn’t get much cash, the victim said, because he doesn’t carry much around with him.Whitley said the man likely was just a victim of opportunity.
“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Whitley said.The victim said he’d like to see the two suspects try to rob him again.
“To tell you the truth, I hope I run into them again,” the man said. “I’d like to see them try to do it again.”Contact Sara Gregory at 704-797-7257 or sgregory@salisburypost.com.

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