APD solves old crime

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 23, 2008

AHOSKIE – A month-old crime here has been solved.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh reported the arrests of three individuals connected with an armed robbery that took place on April 22. All of the suspects reside in Ahoskie.

Quayshaun D. Howington, 16 of 512 North Maple Street, Keshawn Terell Bynum, 19 of 603 Rogers Street, and Carla Askew Burden, 22 of 101 Porter Street, were charged with one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Bynum and Burden were each held under a $20,000 secured bond. Howington’s bond was set at $10,000.

“At the outset of our investigation into this crime, we basically had nothing, no leads, to go on,” Fitzhugh said. “But we continued to actively work this case and, as the investigation continued, we were able to develop information that allowed us to make these arrests.”

At approximately 11:40 p.m. on April 22, Fitzhugh said his officers responded to a residence on Manley Avenue where they took a report from the victim of the alleged armed robbery. The officers learned that the victim, who was unharmed in the crime, had gone outside of his residence to retrieve something from his vehicle, which was parked on the street.

“It was then, according to the victim, that he was approached from behind by two males, one carrying a shotgun,” Fitzhugh said. “The victim was ordered to lie on the ground.”

At that time, one of the suspects entered the victim’s vehicle in an apparent attempt to find money. That effort came-up empty, prompting the robbers to allegedly order the victim to remove the wallet from his pants. Fitzhugh said the wallet did not contain any money, thus prompting the suspects to order the victim to remove any items he had in his pants pockets. It was there that an undisclosed amount of money was revealed, cash reportedly stolen by the suspects who then fled on foot.