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Hoke businessman kills 16-year-old in attempted robbery

Posted February 11, 2013

— Hoke County authorities said Monday that they are investigating an attempted robbery at an Aberdeen furniture store in which one of the suspected robbers, a teenager, was killed in a struggle with the business owner.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said several people wearing masks entered All American Mattress and Furniture, at 9734 Aberdeen Road, at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, armed with a rifle and brass knuckles.

The owner, whose name wasn't released, was able to disarm the robber with the rifle, and in doing so, shot and killed David Ryan Frame, 16.

Three other people fled the business and left in a waiting vehicle.

"All of this happened in a matter of seconds," Peterkin said. "This was a life-and-death situation."

Peterkin said the owner was alone and closing the store when the robbers entered. Frame allegedly pointed the rifle at the owner and demanded money, while someone else beat the owner with brass knuckles.

The sheriff said the store owner is devastated over the shooting and likely will not face charges.

"At this time, there is nothing in the investigation that shows that the owner did anything wrong," Peterkin said.

Sheriff's investigators arrested two people– Amie Lynette Ross and Lewis Vega – in the case Monday afternoon and were still looking for a fourth person.

Ross, 27, of 128 Park Place Mobile Home Park in Raeford, and Vega, 21, of 308 Providence Way in Aberdeen, both face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and aid and abet of an armed robbery.

Investigators are also looking into how Frame knew the other suspects.

His mother, Tonya Frame, said the allegations are out of character for her son, a student at Flora MacDonald Academy in Red Springs.

She said her son was known to reach out to people in trouble and believes he acted against his will.

"Those three people who were with him – they coerced him somehow," she said. "They threatened my son and my daughter. I know he thought he was protecting them, protecting his family."


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  • irishgirlsarepretty Feb 21, 2013

    Very sad that this 16 year old kid is dead because he made a stupid decision -- that said ... the owner did NOTHING wrong. I hope one day he finds peace.

  • Ty-rohne Feb 15, 2013

    i love a happy ending!!! (sad for the business owner had to be put in the situation he was in)

  • dwntwnboy2 Feb 13, 2013

    Sounds like a mother in denial of what her son was involved with.

  • donnyrt Feb 13, 2013

    Iv known him and his family ( the owner ) He is a great man and did what he had to do. I know he feel bad but he did the right thing, The others are lucky SOB.The kids have nobody to blame but themselfs and all u gun haters dont hate the gun, hate the kid who took it in there, They were up to no good when they put it in there car. NOBODY LOOKS FOR FURNITURE WITH A GUN , HOOD AND A MASK.Thank God the owner was not hurt bad

  • Sherlock Feb 13, 2013

    The sheriff said the store owner is devastated over the shooting and likely will not face charges.Why should there even be thinking of any charges, they cam e to the owner. But knowing the sheriff here I'm not suprised that he would try to charge the owner.

  • beachboater Feb 12, 2013

    The one that was killed was the one carrying the gun and demanding money. Why should opinions change? Anyone who carries a gun on a robbery has to be willing to pay the ultimate price.

  • Its the who what Feb 12, 2013

    Wow...when this story first came out, there was not a picture of the kid who got shot. The comments were vicious until the pic came out. What happened to "good riddens" or "there is another one off the street?" This criminal was a bad seed who probably bullied the other two to commit this crime. Where you at gun supporters? You got my back, right?

  • dejavu2u Feb 12, 2013

    Ross and Vega should be charged with murder... life with no parole.

  • SFSOLDIER Feb 12, 2013

    He should have dropped all of them...I would have.

  • Stilllearnin Feb 12, 2013

    Grand Union
    "Wrong, they are allowed to carry because they have no record of breaking the law...not the same thing."

    Please explain!