CHARLOTTE — A man was robbed at gunpoint in a neighborhood of Dilworth, according to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Officers said they received a call about an armed robbery in the car park of a shopping center near Ideal Way near Park Road around 10 p.m. Sunday.
At the scene, the victim told officers that he gave the suspect his iPhone and wallet after the suspect pointed a gun at him.
Officials said they do not believe the suspect and victim knew each other.
Channel 9’s Susanna Black spoke with the victim of the experience over the phone.
The victim told Black that the area is usually very busy, which is why he walks it almost daily to and from nearby businesses.
He said that on Sunday night he went to Food Lion and on his way home he was approached by a man who asked him for money.
He said the man then lifted his shirt and showed him a gun. The victim said he handed his phone and wallet to the man and then he left.
Black also opened up about the incident with Nate Gegoski, a cook at the popular Comet Grill restaurant.
He said he had worked at the Comet Grill for eight years and had never heard of a crime like this, but hoped that would not deter people from coming to the restaurant.
“Bad things can happen anywhere. Just pay attention to your surroundings and watch what you’re doing and you should be fine. There was never a problem before I felt unsafe, but I am more aware now,” Gegoski said.
Channel 9 found the theft happened outside a donation box. On the box, there is a sign that says: “This is monitored 24/7 by cameras”.
The victim said he hopes the theft was caught on camera and that the video will help police catch the suspect.
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