Pitt County trio arrested

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WINDSOR – Three men were arrested for a multiple crimes, including weapons charges in connection with an incident on Woodard Road.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said his office received a call shortly at 1 a.m. Aug. 14 in reference to shots being fired outside of a private residence. Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded along with officers from the Windsor Police Department.

Upon arrival, it was established there was an burglary and attempted armed robbery, according to the sheriff. The shots that were fired went into the home through the front door window, according to the report.

Deputy Brandon Cox was informed that there were three suspects and who were armed with a shotgun and were possibly on foot.

At that time he called in Detective Sgt. Ed Pittman and Det. Naomi Wiggins from the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tom Helms, Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Chris Owens and the K-9 Unit. Upon searching the area, two suspects were taken into custody when they were reportedly found hiding in the woods before daybreak.

A third suspect was apprehended in a vehicle on Farm Road later the day. While processing the vehicle, Det. Pittman found a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun inside.

The three suspects that were taken into custody were Lawrence Habib Johnson, 21, of Greenville; Marcus Lamonte Carmon Jr., 20, of Greenville and Dontarius Marquise Barrett, 20, of Bethel.

All were placed in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail under a $250,000 secured bond each.  They are charged with first degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.