UPDATE: Owner Describes Attempted Sweepstakes Robbery

The owner of the Purple Haze Internet Café at 4393 South Charles Blvd. described the tense moments involving him and what he believes was an attempted robbery suspect.

Owner Josh Bohling tells WITN that he had just taken the trash out Saturday night when he was approached from behind by a man. Bohling says the suspect told him to go back inside the business. Bohling says he turned and swung the side of his arm at the suspect, who stepped back and appeared to start fumbling for what Bohling thought was a weapon. The owner says when the suspect started fumbling he rushed the man who we’re told turned and ran from the scene down nearby David Drive.

The Sheriff’s Office says it was out searching the area around the business following the incident.

The suspect is described as being a black male between 5 foot 10 and 6 foot tall, weighing around 170 pounds.

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The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating the attempted robbery of a sweepstakes business that was just robbed in early November.

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Christy Wallace says that the Purple Haze Internet Café on Highway 43 outside Greenville was the target of an attempted robbery Saturday evening around 10 p.m.

We’re told by Wallace that the owner, John Bohling was taking the trash out when he was approached by a black male wearing all black from head to toe. The suspect tried to take Bohling back into the business but was chased off.

The suspect is described as being between 5 foot 10 and 6 foot tall, weighing around 170 pounds.

According to Bohling, the Purple Haze Internet Café was robbed back on November 7th by two men at gunpoint.


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