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Man charged in robbery spree near Campbell University

Posted January 19, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015

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— A Rocky Mount man was arrested early Tuesday in connection with two Monday night robberies near Campbell University, authorities said.

Two women told Harnett County deputies that they were held at gunpoint at a residence in the 100 block of Gregory Circle in Lillington at about 8 p.m. and were robbed of their cellphones. They said they believed the masked man who robbed them, who was wearing a camouflage jacket and dark pants and carrying a "long gun," might have left in a white sedan.

Less than two hours later, deputies responded to an apartment in the 100 block of Lindsey Court in Lillington, where a man said that a masked man wearing a camouflage jacket and dark pants robbed him and a woman of their cellphones. The robber had a rifle with a scope, the man told deputies.

Campbell officials issued a campus alert about the robberies, warning students to use caution when answering their apartment or dorm doors.

At about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, a suspicious white Acura was reported leaving a McDonald's in Lillington and heading toward Buies Creek. Deputies stopped a car matching that description on Main Street in Buies Creek and found a man matching the description of the robber.

Deputies later searched a residence in Buies Creek and found a ski mask, a white glove and a weapon matching the description of the one used in the robberies, authorities said.

Trevon Deandre Rice, 19, was charged with possession of a gun on school property, first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. He was being held without bond in the Harnett County jail.


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  • John Smythe Jan 20, 2015
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    No, I'd say holding people at gunpoint, robbing them, victimizing them, and causing all this trauma in innocent people's lives is a little worse than name calling on a message board.

  • ncsuweatherboy Jan 20, 2015

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    I'm always amazed by the people who find it necessary to make fun of people's looks- no matter the circumstances. Life must really be awful if you get joy out of laughing at the way people look in a mug shot. Almost as sad as committing these ridiculous crimes.

  • Steve Austin Jan 20, 2015
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    Why's he have such a long face?

  • mdsmks Jan 20, 2015

    Both of the addresses are just beyond the perimeter of the campus, within walking distance. One of the locations is in the same neighborhood where my daughter lived for two years while a student at Campbell. Her place was broken into twice, never recovered any of the stolen belongings, but thank goodness for rentor's insurance and a great landlord that helped with the installation of a security system. Times sure have changed since I was a student at Campbell in the early '80's.

  • Alex Stephens Jan 20, 2015
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    It's Jar Jar Binks! I wondered what had become of him! Ship him back to his home planet!

  • Wake1 Jan 20, 2015

    Maybe Rev Barber can rehabilitate this young man.

  • Anonymous5618 Jan 20, 2015

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    The residences are in Lillington if they have a Lillington address even if they are a few miles from the city limits of Lillington. By showing "near Campbell University" it pretty much shows that its near the community of Buies Creek.

  • lazydawg58 Jan 20, 2015

    The report is incorrect regarding where this took place. The residences where the robberies took place are not in Lillington. They technically may have Lillington mailing addresses but they are a few miles from town, in the community of Buies Creek.

  • foodstamptrader Jan 20, 2015

    "Trevon Deandre Rice, 19, was charged"

    Sigh. Same characters different story. But no one sees an issue here? OK....

  • JPE Jan 20, 2015

    I hear the "Dragnet" theme playing somewhere...