DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Police need your help finding a man they say robbed seven people in less than two weeks.

The Durham Police Department on Tuesday released photos of a man they want to ask about the string of robberies in and around the Braggtown community.

Police describe him as being between 5-foot-8 and 6-0, between 180 and 190 pounds and between the ages of 20 and 30. They say he wore a black mask and often wore a dark-colored hoodie.

Police say the seven robberies took place between April 18-30. They say most of the victims were Latino and were approached by someone with a gun who demanded money.

Gloria de Los Santos is the Chief Advocacy and Equity Officer for El Centro Hispano. She said staff will be meeting Wednesday to discuss the best way to help the community. 

She said El Centro will also be making some safety adjustments for their outreach teams.
“We’re gonna make sure that they are well protected when they go out there, by just doubling up their teams so it’s just not gonna be one or two people, it’s gonna be like three and four there for protection, and also making sure we’re gonna have to shorten our time out there until, you know, some of these things get addressed,” de Los Santos said.

Janice Moore lives in the area and said she will now be taking extra precautions.

“I will probably take extra precautions at home, you know I get home late from work, so I’ll probably call my mom when I get home,” Moore said.

Camille Barclay said the string of robberies is concerning and will also be extra careful.

“I’m gonna be more aware, more aware of my surroundings, like even shopping just be careful,” Barclay said.

Police say in one incident, a woman was assaulted after moving a bicycle that may have belonged to the suspect from a roadway.

Anyone with information may contact Investigator J. Berkstresser at 919-560-4440, ext. 29538, or contact CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to felony arrests, and callers may remain anonymous. CrimeStoppers has operators who speak Spanish.