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2nd robbery with cutting reported at Birkdale Village

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By Melissa Hankins - email

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - There has been another robbery at an affluent shopping destination in Huntersville where the victim was cut by a robber armed with a knife.

The robbery happened Sunday night at Birkdale Village which is located off Highway 73 near Lake Norman.

The victim was actually a resident of one of the apartments units above the stores at Birkdale Village.

The robber demanded the victim's money and then cut the man numerous times on both of his arms.  Police described the suspect as white male who is approximately 16 to 20 years old.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, a suspect wearing a black ski mask held a knife to a shopper's face as she walked towards her car in a parking deck at the shopping complex.  Huntersville Police say the suspect in that case took the victim's purse and cut her on the cheek. 

Police do not think the same person committed both crimes.  

"It was shocking to have something like that happen," said Huntersville resident Carmel Kennerly Henson.

She usually shops at Birkdale Village every week, but when her son Reese wanted to come check out the decorations on Tuesday, it wasn't visions of sugar plums that danced through her head.  It was visions of knife-wielding robbers.

"I'm just here to see the bears," said Reese.

Even though the shopping center's prized mechanical bears are still singing, the people employed at Birkdale Village are feeling more subdued.

"I mean, I wouldn't feel safe going back there," one sales clerk said about the parking garage where the first robbery happened.  "That was just a shock to everybody, because nothing like that's ever happened."

Huntersville Police Chief Michael Kee says he still thinks Birkdale Village is a safe place.

"In light of this most recent robbery coming on the heels of the first one, we're increasing our manpower," Kee said.

If you do plan to shop there, Kee says people just need to be alert. 

"My advice to people--you're an easier target if you're walking by yourself," Kee said.  "So it's always better to be in the company of others."

Police are still searching for two suspects.



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