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Farmville woman is fifth charged in Hustle Mart triple homicide

Posted April 24, 2012

— The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested a fifth person Tuesday in connection with a convenience store shooting that killed three people.

Zipporah Rochell Purvis, 25, faces three counts of accessory after the fact in the April 1 shooting of three employees at Hustle Mart in Farmville. Sheriff Neil Elks said Purvis helped the three men and one juvenile accused in the shooting to evade arrest.

Purvis was being held at the Pitt County jail under $3 million bond.

"In any investigation, if you conceal information about the crime, or you help the suspect in any way elude arrest, then you are an active participant," Elks said.

More arrests are possible, Elks said.

Antwan Andre Anthony, 29, Xavier Montel Shamble, 19, and Willie Whitehead, 23, as well as an unidentified juvenile, were arrested April 4 and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mokbel Mohamed "Sam" Almujanhi, 16, Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi, 26, and Gaber Alawi, 24.

All four face numerous other charges, including first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Almujanhi was the store owner's son and the other two men were also relatives.


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  • greg69innc Apr 26, 2012

    Drop the hammer and make an example out of all these hoodlums and hopefully this kind of behavior will be reduced to a smaller rate. If they allow these hoodlums to be able to pay their debt to society and return to society later on then what lesson has been learned and what lesson is our legal system teaching?

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 25, 2012

    @iknowjack Cool story bro, still think it could be a hate crime if they chose to rob that store knowing the race of the owners and employees, over another store.

  • gswalker51 Apr 25, 2012

    How could this qualify as a hate crime? The 16 year old who was gunned down appears to be middle-eastern and he was gunned down by black men. That's not a hate crime. If it was a 16 year old black male gunned down by a middle-eastern neighborhood watch officer (er, I mean store owner) then yes...100% hate crime.

  • Jimmytwotimes Apr 25, 2012

    There should be a new law than anyone who kills during a robbery is automatic death sentence. If you got a gun your gonna get what you want in the robbery, if you shoot and kill them you are a cold blooded terrorist murderer that should die!

  • ims1924 Apr 25, 2012

    The rules and laws of society mean nothing to these people. Thank you President Johnson for your GREAT SOCIETY.

  • iknowjack Apr 25, 2012

    Seems some of you are having trouble with the interpretation of yet another law. Surprise, surprise. OK, hate crime: a crime committed because the victim fits into a group that the perp hates. In this case, the black perps may well hate Arabs, but their mouthpiece can easily argue in court that they were there to rob, not hate. If they walk up behind them on the street and shoot the back of their neck while screaming racist invectives, then we have an inarguable hate crime on our hands.

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 25, 2012

    @jacamoe I think you may be right. Would they have executed them so brutally if they were black too? Probably not, but apparently black people cant be charged with hate crimes even though they seem to harbor the most hate.

  • jacamoe Apr 25, 2012

    This should be a hate crime. These people are attacking others not like them. There is more to this than just a robbery, it is hate for the people that were there. They did not have to murder these innocent people. Bring it on.

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 25, 2012

    They all deserve to spend the rest of their criminal lives in the slammer...and meet some new friends...they will be viewed as fresh meat to the lads behind bars.

  • rcrdngcountry Apr 25, 2012

    i guess being it happed in n.c. they won't seek the death
    penalty for these.