Suspects in early morning robbery spree use baseball bat

Suspects in early morning robbery spree use baseball bat

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 7:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigators are trying to stop an unusual robbery spree. In the four cases, the suspects have been armed not only with a gun but also a baseball bat.

Pablo Umanzor was robbed Monday morning around 2. He was beaten so severely that he has stitches around his left eye and it’s swollen shut.

His vision in that eye is blurry and at this point doctors can’t tell him if the damage is permanent.

"He says he feels very frightened that they were beating him with a baseball bat.  He was afraid to lose his life last night," said Pablo Umanzor a victim.

"He actually feels really harmed.  It hurts really badly, his whole body really hurts," said the 26-year-old through an interpreter.

He wasn’t the only one hit.  So were two other victims, including a man on Craven Hill Drive. He didn’t want to be identified but his left eye is black and blue and his left wrist is bruised from where he tried to block the blows.

The robberies occurred on Baxter Caldwell Drive, Spanish Quarter Circle, Paces Oakes Boulevard and Craven Hill Drive.

Paces Oaks Boulevard was the location of the first incident.  It occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday.  The others happened between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday morning.

All of the victims were either Hispanic or Asian.  It’s possible they were followed home and then attacked by two or three suspects.

"It was a Hispanic and black male.  The Hispanic started beating him up because he would not cooperate," said Umanzor.

He didn’t want to hand over his wallet because he didn’t want to lose his papers. He is hoping that police will be able to make an arrest because he’s afraid of what these suspects will do next.

"He said they will actually hurt more people and probably kill more people," said the victim.
 

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