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Clayton Police Investigate Robbery, Shooting

Posted August 15, 2003

— Police in Clayton are investigating a robbery at an ATM Thursday morning, in which a witness came to the victim's aid and shot the fleeing suspect.

The suspect, Morris Levi Stith, 29, faces charges of assault on a female, strong-armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said the incident happened just before 9 a.m. at the Bank Of America at Clayton Corners.

Officials said Rebecca Newton, 20, of Clayton, was withdrawing money from the ATM when Stith approached her and demanded her money.

Stith then reportedly tried to take off in a white Chevrolet Cavalier. Police a witness, William Strickland, 35, of Four Oaks, exited his vehicle and approached Stith, shouting for him to stop.

According to police, as Strickland approached the suspect's vehicle, Stith tried to run him over. As Strickland moved away from the vehicle, he placed his arm inside and fired a shot from a gun. Stith was struck in the thigh. A tire on the vehicle also was struck.

Stith was treated at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was arrested after his release from the hospital.

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