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Pikeville Police: Teen Robbed Store, Possibly Others

Posted April 23, 2007

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— A 17-year-old male was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing a local grocery store last week. Officials are also trying to decide if the teen was involved in other robberies.

Kenneth Ray Spruill has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held in Wayne County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bond.

Spruill allegedly barged into Howell Brothers Grocery the night of April 18, pointed a gun at the owner's head and demanded money several times before fleeing with the cash.

The owner, who was still visibly shaken the next morning, said the store had never seen an armed robber before in its 60 years in business. He declined to discuss the incident, saying he just wanted to get on with business as usual.

Kimberly Hall said she and other store employees were also stunned.

"It's got me now constantly on my guard, watching people coming in, watching their body language," Hall said.

"This is a real intense situation with a real dangerous suspect," Pikeville Police Chief Ken Barrett said.

Authorities investigated a string of similar armed robberies in Wayne County a year ago, and Barrett said investigators are looking into whether they are connected to the latest robbery.

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  • validpoint Apr 27, 2007

    "I bet is mama is proud of him. She is probably trying to sell everything she has to raise the bail bond fee so that her poor misguided, misunderstood son that was set up by the man won't have to sit in jail, and can go rob some more stores to get money to pay his lawyer."

    First of all, you do not know these people. The mother is a kind, loving, and she is very concerned with what has happened. It's not like she's sitting around thinking what a good job her son did. She is genuinly concerned and she is taking action, on her own. As for the young man, you know NOTHING of him. He made a mistake. He was certaninly in the wrong. But, thus, he is still a teenager, with teenage pressure thrown at him. He is very remorseful right now. And for you to make such a statement like he was going to go rob other people to get the money to pay his lawyer is really wrong. You need to quit sterotyping people and help solve these problems with our youth, instead of making crazy statements.

  • LADY1 Apr 24, 2007

    You can raise the right, but if they get into the wrong crowd, gangs and so worth, they turn to drugs and other things. We parents need to be have more disciple rules in the home, don't give a hoot who knows.

  • Juliett Apr 24, 2007

    Kids do stupid things, they skip school, take money out of mamas purse, maybe even egg cars. This guy put a gun to Mr. Howells head and demanded money. I see a big difference between being young and stupid and being young and very dangerous.

  • Sleepsalot Apr 24, 2007

    17 is not a child!! The age of consent is 16 in NC. The only way this person should be considered a child is if mental evaluation shows that the IQ is at or below the standard for retardation. In now way can I defend some one as a child that uses a gun to commit a viloent crime like this.

  • wildatheart99 Apr 24, 2007

    PEOPLE REMEMBER THIS IS A CHILD. KIDS DO STUPIT THINGS. NO ONE IN THE WORLD CAN SAY THEY NEVER DID STUPIT THINGS AS A CHILD. LETS NOT BASH THE KIDS LETS HELP THEM. MAYBE THE PARENTS/MOTHER CANT HANDEL IT ALONE!

  • Sleepsalot Apr 24, 2007

    If he uses a court appointed attorney and is found guilty. He will pay he will have a judgment posted and if he ever works in the state and files state taxes it will go to the judgment.Though I doubt he will ever do any honest work.

  • Juliett Apr 24, 2007

    Catch them all now, but there's a whole new batch of little thugs coming up to take their place. He won't pay a lawyer, he'll get free legal aid.

  • anonemoose Apr 24, 2007

    I bet is mama is proud of him. She is probably trying to sell everything she has to raise the bail bond fee so that her poor misguided, misunderstood son that was set up by the man won't have to sit in jail, and can go rob some more stores to get money to pay his lawyer.

  • john283594 Apr 24, 2007

    You would be nice to catch them all. :)

  • Dismald Apr 24, 2007

    I wonder if he was in on the ABC store Robberies in Fremont? I would be nice to catch them all.