Kinston police say a woman leaving work at a restaurant Thursday night was pistol-whipped and robbed.
It happened around 9:20 pm at the Kinstonian Restaurant on East New Bern Road.
The woman told police the gunman wearing a bandanna over his face approached her as she was unlocking her car. The robber demanded her purse and then struck her with his gun.
Police say the man made off with the woman's purse and ran from the area. The victim was not seriously injured and so far police have not made any arrests.