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Pineville Police looking for robber, victim fights back

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PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Pineville Police need your help looking for a man that robbed a beauty supply store and then assaulted the owner when she fought back.

Leteish Shiferaw, the owner of ABS Beauty Supply, knew something was up as soon as the man entered her store.

"I was suspicious when he first walked in," she remembered. "He was just not interested in one specific product."

Investigators say the strong arm robbery and assault happened last Friday inside Shiferaw's store.

Now they need your help identifying him and gave WBTV several surveillance pictures that clearly show the suspect's face. 

Shiferaw says he first asked to see her wigs before noticing a display case full of colored contact lenses sitting on the counter.

"He saw the contacts -- and then he said I need these, I need these," she said.

But weary of his intentions, she refused to let him have them without paying for them first.

"I said I'm not gonna give you -- if you want, I can ring you up," she said. "He just didn't want that, he wanted to run away with that."

Shiferaw says the man picked up the entire display case of contact lenses, nearly 80 pairs inside, and ran out the door.

But she followed him and they struggled.

"I'm trying to snatch it from him and he didn't drop it," she said.

When that didn't work, she made a move she realizes now was a desperate one.

"I grabbed the tag number because he wouldn't get in," she recalled.

Later Shiferaw explained why she went after the robber and took his license plate.

"We're trying to make a, to work and make a living, you know," she said and added this is the third time in four year she has been robbed. "When people come and grab what you own and go away, it's not right you know."

Shiferaw also told WBTV she gave up the plate without a fight when the suspect came back because there was also a getaway driver and she felt outnumbered.

If you know anything about this crime or recognize the man in the photos, call Pineville Police at 704-889-2231.

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