GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Greenville Police said they are looking for a man who beat a sweepstakes parlor employee and stole money from the business.
The Carolina Cyber Café #3, on Old Tar Road, was robbed at about 7:16 a.m. Tuesday, investigators said. The robber allegedly entered the building, threatened an employee, then hit the victim several times, before taking off through the back door with an undisclosed amount of money. According to police, no weapon was seen.
"The individual [who] walked in was a normal appearing individual. There was nothing to indicate there [were] any questions that this could be a potential robber," said Ron Godwin, the store's owner.
Both Greenville and Winterville officers responded to the scene. A police dog tried to track down the robber but lost his scent, investigators said.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5'10'' with a light complexion. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap, according to police.
Godwin said he talked with his employee who was attacked:
"He was very emotional at that time. My main concern- was he okay?…He was taken to the hospital for evaluation," Godwin said.
The employee is expected to be okay, according to Godwin.
Godwin said the business will remain closed until further notice. However, they "plan to overcome this."
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315. Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers will pay a reward for information that leads to an arrest. CrimeStoppers can be reached at 252-758-7777.
This is the second time Carolina Cyber Café #3 has been robbed in the past year. In November 2012, armed robbers got away with more than $2,000, police said.