Deputies: Robbers duct tape used car dealer

Suspects poured flammable liquid on victim

POSTED: 7:41 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 7:21 PM Sep 19 2013

Pitt County deputies are looking for two men who robbed the owner of a used car dealership in Fountain.

Deputies say the robbers entered Curtis Quinn Used Cars on Hwy. 222 and Bell Rd. about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

According to deputies, the robbers -- armed with a knife and a handgun -- used duct tape to tie up the owner, Curtis Quinn, poured flammable liquid on Quinn but did not set a fire.

Quinn's friend and neighbor, William Owens, witnessed the suspects leaving the scene. He found Quinn coming around the back of his store and described him as "staggering".

Owens said Quinn told him the suspects, described as two black males, cut his arm with a box cutter. He struggled to "get the duct tape off of him, trying his best to stop the bleeding but he couldn't," said Owens. "It was bleeding pretty bad because he had a wash cloth and it was full of blood."

Owens said Quinn told him one of the suspects "kept saying if you don't give me your money I'm gonna burn ya, I'm gonna put gas on ya."

Deputies say the men stole cash from the business and left in a tan, 1997 Saturn Sedan.

"Just mean folks, just mean. Just downright mean," said Owens.

There is no word on how much money was taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pitt County Crimestoppers.