GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man faces multiple charges in connection with recent robberies of senior citizens in both Greensboro and Guilford County.
Terrence Anthony Brown, 38, of Browns Summit, faces three counts of common law robbery.
Greensboro Police charged him with one count on Tuesday and said they may file more charges as their investigation continues. Guilford County deputies charged him with two more counts on Thursday.
Police and deputies received reports of five recent robberies in northeast Greensboro and unincorporated Guilford County. The youngest victim in those robberies is 68.
Deputies said the suspect would go into parking lots and bump the cars of some of the victims. The victims would be robbed when they got out of the vehicle to look at the damage, deputies said.
The victims have described the suspect as a heavy-set or muscular man, but police said they couldn’t corroborate a more specific description.
Eugene Apple, 84, was a victim of one such robbery Monday afternoon on Hackett's Lake Road near Alamance Church Road and I-85.
Apple said a man in a blue-green sedan rear-ended him about a quarter of a mile from his home.
"I heard a loud bang, and I thought my ball bearing dropped out," Apple said.
The man told him his brakes had failed. Then when Apple went to get a pen and paper to report the accident and exchange information, the man put him in a chokehold.
"He was holding me down, and I said, 'What are you doing?' Then I felt him going through my pockets. Then he let me go and I said, 'Oh, he's going to let me go?' Then, 'bang,'" said Apple, who mimicked a punch to the side of his face where the skin is red and purple with bruises.
He believes the robber hit him with brass knuckles.
"I'm still a little dizzy today," Apple said.
Two victims were afraid the robber would come back for more if they went public, so they chose not to speak out. Apple said he wants the robber caught, so he told his story publicly.
"I think that's pretty cheap picking on elderly people. That's pretty cheap," Apple said.
He said he's a Christian and wouldn't disparage the robber further, though he did say it made him angry.
Brown was specifically charged in connection with a robbery in Greensboro's jurisdiction.
Anyone with information about the incidents or possible suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.