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Robber holds knife at Target employee's throat, police say

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:52:39 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 05:52:58 PM CST
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Police said they are searching for a robber who held a knife to the throat of a Target employee in Greenville.

The armed robbery happened at about 10 p.m. Tuesday at the parking lot of the University Commons Shopping Center off Evans Road.

According to police, the Target employee was sitting in her car and talking on her phone when the robber approached her asking for money. When she told the robber she didn't have money, he pulled out a knife and held it to her throat, said investigators.

The victim gave the robber $40, who then told her to get out of her vehicle, police said. The robber forced the victim to hand over her cellphone, before telling the victim to walk away.

The robber did not take the victim's vehicle; instead, he walked away as well, according to investigators. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as black male in his 20s to early 30s. He is about 5-foot-9, weighs about 160 pounds, and was wearing a gray hooded coat, said police.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Greenville Police at 252-329-4315.

Investigators said they are looking into whether this incident is related to an attempted armed robbery outside the Greenville Mall Wednesday evening. During that incident, a man with a knife tried to rob a woman in the parking lot outside Pier 1 Imports, said police. But the suspect did not get away with anything.