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Man accused of taking gun to business after not getting job

Posted August 12, 2011

— Johnston County sheriff's officials arrested a Goldsboro man who is accused of bringing a gun to a Clayton business that declined to hire him.

Stephen Randolph Melvin, 50, took the gun into Hales Group Fabricating, at 8027 U.S. Highway 70 Business West, Wednesday afternoon and left before officers could respond, authorities said.

No one was injured and Melvin did not point the weapon at anyone, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities said he applied for a job in April and was upset that he was not hired.

Sheriff's officials found Melvin in Kenly and charged him with breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Court documents show that Melvin was released from prison in January 2010 after serving more than eight years in jail for a 2003 robbery, kidnapping, and assault in Durham. He was also convicted of common law robbery in 1988, 1991 and 1998. In 1981, he was also convicted of breaking and entering.


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  • Scare Crow Aug 15, 2011

    firearm by a "FELON". that's the problem...FELON....not firearm

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 12, 2011

    I don't think scare tactic will work, at least not for long anyway. I do remember one guy that the company kept for along time because everyone was scared to fire him. The supervisor didn't won't to write him up even after he assaulted someone and burn them, 3rd degree burns.

  • storchheim Aug 12, 2011

    Now I don't feel so bad for muttering unpleasant things when I realize that a potential employer isn't even going to return my calls and emails.

  • storchheim Aug 12, 2011

    Gives a new meaning to the expression "hatchet man".

  • Dido Aug 12, 2011

    Way to show the company they made the right decision in not hiring him :)

  • Brogden Aug 12, 2011

    bowslinger70 - he has been arrested for five times in 23 years for robbery or breaking and entering. Would you hire him and have him in your place of business? Those are the times he was
    arrested - meaning caught. Wonder how many times he WASN'T caught??????????

  • michaelsullivan Aug 12, 2011

    he new what he was doing , he had no choice he cant get a job and he has to eat not saying what he did was right by no means but he now has three meals a day a/c and heat shower all that good stuff that we now have to pay for . But if he would have had to work while he was in jail for 1$ a day he may have though differently about going back

  • THECROWFLIES Aug 12, 2011

    BTW there are many employers that have a background check going back 5 years only. If you haven't been convicted or let out of prison within the last 5 years then you have passed the criminal record check.

  • grimreaper Aug 12, 2011

    Wow, and he is a free man...errr...was a free man...habitual felon I believe is the term they use...

  • tarheelfan41 Aug 12, 2011

    But if you put him in jail for a long time wouldn't that just add to "racist" proportion of minorities in jail? We can not continue to put a disproportionate amount of minorities in jail! We should let more minorities walk and jail more whites. He didn't kill anyone...yet.