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Robbery suspects jailed

AHOSKIE – Two of the three suspects wanted in connected with an armed robbery here last week on Main Street are behind bars.

Randolph Gatling Jr.

Randolph Gatling Jr.

Meanwhile, the Ahoskie Police continue their efforts to locate the third suspect.

On Thursday afternoon, Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said that 17-year-old Raymond Lamont Lee, Jr. was arrested at a residence in the 100 block of Mobile Park Lane in Hertford County. Lee’s address is listed as 710 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Ahoskie.

Lee is held in the Hertford County Jail under a $1 million secured bond on the charges of two felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and a misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

Fitzhugh said deputies with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office assisted in Lee’s arrest.

Later on Thursday, the Ahoskie Police arrested a second suspect in the case – 25-year-old Randolph Gatling, Jr. who at his residence (Apt. #1, Kennedy Court, Ahoskie).

Raymond Lee Jr.

Raymond Lee Jr.

Gatling was charged with two felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with four misdemeanors – two counts of assault by pointing a gun; and one count each of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gatling was jailed under a $555,300 secured bond.

Fitzhugh said his department is currently searching for the third suspect – Rashem S. Perry who has a last known address of North West Street in Ahoskie.

“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rashem Perry is asked to contact the Ahoskie Police Department at (252) 332-5012. We consider Rashem S. Perry armed and dangerous,” Fitzhugh said.

Rashem S. Perry

Rashem S. Perry

The armed robbery took place at approximately 6:59 p.m. on Oct. 27 at which time two men were working inside an empty store, which is part of a commercial duplex, located at 511 East Main St. Those men were approached and then accosted by three armed men who demanded their wallets.   Meanwhile, the commotion attracted the attention of the owner of the adjoining business, Tobacco Plus located next to the vacant store, and he approached the trio, at which time an exchange of gunfire took place.  However, no one was struck and the three suspects fled on foot.

Fitzhugh said the Ahoskie Police are also continuing their investigation into a second shooting that occurred less than one hour after the incident on Main Street. That shooting took place in the 500 block of McGlohon Street, near Richard Street.

Upon arrival of APD officers, it was discovered that two individuals had been struck by gunfire.  One of the shooting victims was treated at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and released.  The other victim had to be airlifted by EastCare helicopter to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he underwent surgery for his wounds.

No suspects have been arrested in the McGlohon Street shooting and Fitzhugh said his department was still treating both shootings as separate incidents at this time.

Anyone with information to share on the McGlohon Street shooting is asked to call Lt. Jeremy Roberts at the Ahoskie Police Department at 252-332-5012.  Tips may also be phoned in to the Crime Line at 252-332-4066 or be left at the APD website: www.ahoskiepd.com.

 

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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