♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Ms. Richelle Hunter, 27, of Salisbury was the victim of a robbery and being sexually groped at Wallace Commons 1371 Klumac Road Monday night. The robbery, taking place in the parking lot at Longhorn Steakhouse, was reported to 911 dispatch at 9:40 p.m.
Hunter was shopping in several stores in Wallace Commons after dark in Salisbury. Hunter told Salisbury Police investigators after she left the Ulta Shop to go to Michael’s craft store, she believed a man was stalking her. In Michael’s the man allegedly offered sexual suggestions to Hunter, then abruptly grabbed her buttocks. The woman hurried off to the register, paid for several items, then left the store. The man followed her out. He offered to help her place her purchases in her car trunk. She refused and drove off across the lot to the Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot.
Trouble followed Hunter as she parked her vehicle. A second male approached her and attempted to panhandle a cigarette. Hunter told him she didn’t have any. She then drove her vehicle to a better lit area of the Longhorn parking lot. A second man, emerging from the shrubbery nearby, ran up to her car and pulled her door open. He allegedly grabbed at money on her console. Hunter attempted to ward her off. The suspect, later identified as William Pierre Hargrave, 21, of Harrel Street in Salisbury, gruffly told his victim: “Give it up or I’ll blow your head off!” No gun was displayed.
Longhorn Steakhouse at Wallace Commons on 1371 Klumac Road:
Location Longhorn Steakhouse at Wallace Commons on 1371 Klumac Road:
Hunter told her iPhone’s Siri to call 911. Hargrave allegedly grabbed Hunter’s iPhone, valued at $1,100, and ran toward the Olive Garden Restaurant. The iPhone were recovered later when he was arrested.
William Pierre Hargrave:
Hunter, uninjured by the scuffle for her money and iPhone, gave a description of the perpetrator. Her description was further fleshed out by a female loss prevention employee from Kohl’s who witnessed what occurred in the Longhorn lot. The vehicle’s tag number and description went out over 911 dispatch to officers and deputies prowling the area. Later that evening the suspect’s vehicle was identified by a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the Speedway parking lot at 3410 South Main Street. William Pierre Hargrave was arrested a short time later.
Hargrave was charged with common law robbery (felony), 2 counts of assault on a female (misdemeanor), and 2 counts failure to appear and comply (misdemeanor).
Under a secured $32,500 bond, Hargrave is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.
William Pierre Hargrave’s Previous Record:
A second man identified as Brian Keith White, 46, living on East Cemetery Street in Salisbury and a passenger in Hargrave’s car, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and released on a written promise.
**We highly suggest that shopping after dark anywhere in Salisbury is risky business as this victim found out.**