Woodland man charged in Sheetz robbery

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017


ROANOKE RAPIDS – The Roanoke Rapids Police Department has contacted the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for possible adoption of the case involving a man who reportedly robbed Sheetz here Sunday night.

Another man is being sought and investigators are still trying to determine his identity, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Chuck Hasty said.

Antwan Howard

Antwan Donta Howard, 26, of Woodland, was captured in a wooded area behind the former Staples building approximately 15 minutes after the armed robbery, which was reported around 11 p.m.

Hasty said in a statement officers responded to Sheetz about an armed robbery in progress. Staff told officers two men, Howard, and another, entered the store with guns and demanded money.

Staff complied with the demands and the men left with an undisclosed amount of money, some which has since been recovered.

The men fled out the back entrance and ran towards the woods and railroad tracks off Old Farm Road, Hasty said in the statement.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Weldon Police Department assisted in setting up a dragnet and Howard was caught hiding in the woods. He was taken into custody without trouble and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods, carrying a concealed weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and resisting/obstructing/delaying an officer.

He was also served an outstanding order for arrest for possession of a firearm by felon in Northampton County.

Howard was jailed on $100,000 bond and has a March 15 court date.

Meanwhile, Hasty said in the statement the second person was last seen wearing a gray and black hooded jacket or sweatshirt, jeans and brown boots. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator J.K. Davis at 252-533-2822 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

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