Red Mike’s hit again
Two young black men wearing all-black clothing were said to have entered Red Mike’s Grocery — the Greensboro store where shopkeeper Mohammed “Mike” Ali was killed in November — brandished handguns and demanded money at 6:18 p.m. on Jan. 12. They reportedly received cash, and fled eastward on Lindsay Street on foot. No one was injured.
Robinhood Road robbery
Employees of the Kangaroo Express Robinhood Convenience Store on Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem said they were confronted by a black man armed with a handgun at 6:26 p.m. on Jan. 12. The man was said to have demanded money and left the scene after receiving the bounty. No one was injured during the crime. It is unknown whether the man was inspired by the name on the street on which the store was located, and whether the man gave any of the money away to the poor.
Matching outfits, different races
A black man and a white man — both wearing black jackets with hoods and masks, and both in their twenties — were said to have entered a Shell station on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro at 4:56 p.m. on Jan. 13 and displayed handguns. Police reported that they forced the cashiers to remove trays from the register and remove the cash, then forced everybody in the store to the floor and robbed them up their money. Then they left and ran north on Mayflower Street.
Chinese takeout heist haiku
A white man was said to have entered a Mr. Wonton restaurant on High Point Road in Greensboro at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, and demanded money from the clerk. The man reportedly reached in his shirt as if he had a weapon, but the clerk did not believe the bluff. The man left running toward Atwater Drive.
Life imitates movies?
Clive O’Connor, 32, was reportedly at the Grande movie theatre near Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro at 9:06 p.m. on Jan. 16 when he got into an argument with an unknown person. The other person reportedly shot O’Connor twice in the belly, and fled. The News & Record reported that the shooting took place as patrons were waiting to get into the movie, Notorious, about the life and death of rapper Notorious BIG, who was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1997. O’Connor was reportedly taken to Moses Cone hospital, where he underwent surgery.