Kinston Police Investigating Two Weekend Restaurant Robberies

Two Lenoir County men are accused in a kidnapping and armed robbery at a Kinston restaurant that happened early Monday morning.

Benjamin Wyche of Kinston and Roddrick Clark of Deep Run are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and 2nd degree kidnapping.

Police say around 1:05 a.m. they got a call of a holdup at the Applebee's on Highway 70. Witnesses told police that as the manager and other workers were leaving they were approached by three people armed with handguns.

The trio forced the people back into the restaurant's office where they took cash from the safe. They also took the employees cell phones and pulled the restaurant's phone from the wall.

Police are still looking for the third robber.

Kinston police are also investigating Saturday's armed robbery of the Taco Bell on West Vernon Avenue. As the manager and another employee were in a vehicle ready to take money to the bank a lone gunman opened up the door and demanded the money. So far no arrests have been made in that armed robbery.


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