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Greenville police make arrest in Hispanic targeted crimes

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Greenville police arrest Jose Olivares Hernandez for a series of robberies targeting Hispanics. Greenville police arrest Jose Olivares Hernandez for a series of robberies targeting Hispanics.

Greenville police arrested Jose Luis Olivares-Hernandez on robbery charges Thursday evening.

Police say Olivares-Hernandez, of Mexico, targeted other Hispanic people at department stores offering to sell them electronics at a cheaper price. But police say he ran off with the money often threatening the victims as "though he had a weapon."

Hernandez is booked at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1,395,000.00 secured bond. Police are still investigating.

Hernandez's first court appearance is scheduled for Friday, July 18.

“This robbery series was particularly heinous as the suspect targeted Hispanic victims hoping that they would not report the crimes to authorities. Often, crimes that target immigrant communities go unreported and allow criminals to commit crimes without fear of arrest of prosecution. I applaud our victims in these cases for trusting the GPD and coming forward. It is a sign that our partnership with the Hispanic community and local advocacy groups is strengthening. Our staff worked long days and nights to identify and arrest the suspect,” said Chief of Police, Hassan Aden in a press release. 

Anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime is encouraged to call the Greenville Police Department (252) 329- 4300.
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