A man was robbed early Friday outside 933 Carr Street. Reports on the incident from the police and newspaper raise more questions than they answer.
“ON 10/10/2014 AT 0222 HOURS , I RESPONDED TO THE 900 BLK OF CARR ST IN REFERENCE TO A ROBBERY OF INDIVIDUAL CALL. UPON MY ARRIVAL I MET WITH THE COMPLAINANT, WHO ADVISED THAT HE WAS APPROACHED BY TWO BLACK MALES IN A VEHICLE AND A THIRD FROM A HOUSE ON CARR ST. ON 10/10/2014 A ROBBERY OF AN INDIVIDUAL OCCURRED.
“THIS INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AT THIS TIME”
That’s the entire, rather oddly structured narrative section of the report. Angel’s address is listed as an apartment on South Mendenhall Street, about three blocks from where the incident occurred. The report indicates that the robbers were strangers.
There is nothing entered in sections of the report for information on the property stolen or the suspects.
The report lists a second person as being “involved”; there’s nothing in the report to indicate what he was doing there. He’s not listed as a witness or a suspect, and the report seems to indicate he wasn’t robbed. The address listed for him is on Spring Street.
The News & Record gave this account, written from a police news release:
“Officers responded at 2:24 a.m. to reports of a suspicious man at 928 Carr St., according to the release. When they arrived, police found the victim, who told them he was assaulted and robbed, investigators said.”
The police report doesn’t say that Angel was assaulted or that he said he was.
Neither account gives any indication of what Angel was doing at the time (was he coming out of or going into a house, just walking down the street?). Nothing about why one man was robbed and the other wasn’t (if he was actually present at the time), or whether the police have any reason to think Angel was specifically targeted, particularly considering his apparent status as a two-time drug felon (which also raises the question of what was actually taken from him). Or the circumstances surrounding the robber who came “from” a house — from inside or outside and what house was it?
It’s also interesting that there’s no indication that the robbers were armed, what kind of vehicle was used or whether it was moving or parked (a particularly interesting question since one attacker was apparently lying in wait).
And was it a robbery call, as the police report says, or was it a suspicious person call, as the police news release says, according to the newspaper. It may be irrelevant, but it’s odd that the relatively few details the police put into the report and into the news release apparently don’t all agree with each other.
It’s anyone’s guess what all this adds up to, what actually happened and whether there’s anything for the neighborhood to be worried about. Were there three robbers waiting to ambush random strangers or three guys out to get this particular individual? That’s a detail worth knowing. We’ve emailed the police for more information.
As of early Tuesday morning, no arrest had been reported in the online police database. The case number is 20141010040.