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Couple charged with shooting, trying to rob Spring Lake employer

Posted August 7, 2009

— A husband and wife shot and tried to rob the owner of a Spring Lake restaurant where they worked earlier this week, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

D'Andre Pemberton, 19, and Crystal Rameriz-Pemberton, 28, of 200 Westley Drive, face 17 charges, including attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

They were arrested and booked into the Cumberland County Jail Friday morning. D'Andre Pemberton was held on $800,000 bond, while his wife was held on $750,000 bond.

The couple worked at Mandarin Wok, 247 Skyland Plaza, according to Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. They decided to rob the owner, Xiao Zhang, after learning he kept the nightly deposit in his pocket.

On Wednesday night, the couple first broke into Zhang's home and stole a laptop and handgun, Tanna said. The couple then went to the restaurant, where Zhang was shot in the head.

Zhang was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and then to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. His condition was stable, and he was improving Friday, Tanna said.

Before the arrests, Tanna said that the restaurant would reopen Friday.


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  • Professor Aug 7, 2009

    Did they have children?

  • Professor Aug 7, 2009

    Thank so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MellowMelnJC Aug 7, 2009

    just once...Well said! When people that do "stuff" like this have to "pay" for the "stuff" that they are doing then it will STOP! Bring back the chain gang!!!!

  • meh2 Aug 7, 2009

    Let us follow this through, if we can. Assume they succeed in getting the money - then what? How much are we talking about, a couple of thousand dollars, tops? Is that worth ruining your life and shooting someone? Come on, D', use your brain. Were you going to go on a road trip? Or just show up for work the next day as if nothing had happened? This just doesn't make sense.

    Part two, D', don't take advice from stupid old women who want to commit criminal acts, assuming she was the brains of the operation.

  • Just Once Aug 7, 2009

    Can we strap both of them in the same chair - or use the same needles to off them? I would hate to waste more than a quarter on these animals.

  • mistersinister Aug 7, 2009

    This certainly strengthens my stance that people with apostrophes in their name have a pre-disposition to commit stupid crimes.

  • boozoodoo Aug 7, 2009

    Hopefully, more details will come out about this story later, because I would like to know who pulled the trigger and whether or not they were wearing masks during the shooting, as in did they plan to kill him, thus leaving no witness, or did they plan to just rob him, hopefully without incident or hurting him, and then get away clean afterwards, although the idiots placed themselves at both crimes scenes as the article states and then even shot the man with his own gun, which was really dumb, so I don't know how they could have imagined that they would get away with this in the end.

  • Duke _Nukem Aug 7, 2009

    And here's your sign

  • johnsledz02 Aug 7, 2009

    If the owner dies this is why need the death penalty back ASAP. Taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for low lifes like this.

  • kiediss Aug 7, 2009

    So what is the deal in Spring Lake? No police force = every criminal thinking that's a prime place for robbery or what? wow... sad. Poor guy was probably a great employer to them too and they pull that.