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Harnett drug deal leads to robbery, shooting

Posted April 19, 2012

— A planned drug deal Wednesday afternoon ended in a robbery and a chase in which two people were shot, Harnett County authorities said Thursday.

Witnesses told investigators that two men stole $60 at knifepoint from a man outside a convenience store on U.S. Highway 421 in Lillington after arranging a drug deal with the man. The robbers then fled the area in a vehicle.

The victim chased after the robbers and forced their vehicle off the road near the intersection of U.S. 421 and Seminole Road in Broadway, authorities said. The victim fired at least four shots at the robbers, wounding both of them.

The robbers called 911 to report they had been shot, and deputies tracked down the gunman a few minutes later at the intersection of McArthur and Mount Pisgah Church roads, authorities said. A gun was found on the side of McArthur Road about a half-mile away, they said.

The robbers were treated at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford and released.

Ryan Richard Rochelle, 22, of 5092 McDougald Road in Lillington, and Cody Joseph Rochelle, 20, of 1608 Dixie Farm Road in Sanford, were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. They were being held Thursday in the Harnett County Detention Center under $75,000 bonds.

Kevin Felton Brown, 23, of 3117 Norrington Road in Lillington, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was being held under a $100,000 bond.


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  • rydndirtynnc Apr 19, 2012

    Headline should read "2 robbers a bring knife to a gunfight".... bwahahahahaha, no drugs found but stupidity was plentiful!!

  • warbirdlover Apr 19, 2012

    Where is their sign??

  • da Brute Apr 19, 2012

    Sooo funny. "Hey occifer, we just robbed this guy and now he's shooting at us. Hurry or he might get the money back. Don't worry about him killing us."

  • ecu_rules Apr 19, 2012

    $60? Way to go after the big fish.

  • daydreamnn Apr 19, 2012

    Sounds like both side had issues, why did the police just stay out of it (everyone would have learned a lesson)and let nature takes it's place. Just think it would of saved tax payers from serving them meals today..and prob days to come.

  • dgcreech Apr 19, 2012

    It is admitted in the story (from police) that it was a drug deal, but none of them had a drug-related charge? What was the drug...Tylenol?

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 19, 2012

    Uh oh, I'm bad, the drug dealers and robbers were the same people, the guy buying the dope got robbed.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 19, 2012

    Yep, this too funny, robber have to call the law to save them from the drug dealer they stole from.

  • nonPC Apr 19, 2012

    put them all in a hole

  • sunshine1040 Apr 19, 2012

    And nobody had any drugs on them WOW hope they both enjoyed the day off because they ar both out on the streets trying to buy and sell