Pair arrested, two at large for robbery

Published 10:01 am Thursday, September 20, 2018

WINDSOR – Two suspects have been taken into custody while two others remain at large charged in connection to a possible breaking-and-entering that occurred here on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley stated that on that date, multiple suspects forcibly entered a home on Tony’s Lane, off Governor’s Road, and held an elderly homeowner at gunpoint while the suspects removed items from the home.

The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office was called soon after and deputies responded to the scene. Detective Ronald Rascoe was later called to the scene by deputies and began an investigation.

On Sunday, Rascoe and Lt. Matt Roebuck returned to the home to interview the robbery victim a second time. Still later that same day, Detective Sergeants Harris Williams and Martin Phelps were called in to further assist with the investigation.

“Thanks to dogged and diligent police work, with all investigators working non-stop to identify the suspects and recover any of the stolen property, they were able to solve the case within 24 hours of the initial report,” Holley said.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, Detective Rascoe was able to obtain warrants on the following: Jarkeese Rascoe of Cedar Landing Road, Brittany Vanhorn of Old US 17, Salish Cooper of Cooper Hill Road, and Marlin Smallwood, all of Windsor.

Vanhorn and J. Rascoe are wanted for armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, safecracking, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and larceny from the person, along with other charges related to the incident. The pair is believed to be traveling together and are said to be considered armed and extremely dangerous. In addition to no information available as to their whereabouts, their destination or mode of travel is also unknown.

In the meantime, Cooper and Smallwood have been arrested and are being held in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail. Smallwood was the latest to be arrested; he was taken into custody on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Both are charged with the same offenses listed for Vanhorn and Rascoe except for the charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Salish Cooper

Jarkese Rascoe

Marlin Smallwood

Brittany Vanhorn