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Raleigh murder suspect was in jail with first victim

Posted November 26, 2008

— A Raleigh man charged in two homicides and a string of armed robberies knew the first homicide victim from jail, according to search warrants disclosed Wednesday.

Armond Devega, 27, was arrested Oct. 24 at his parents' home, at 6037 Big Sandy Drive in Raleigh, on two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and nine counts of robbery for crimes dating to January.

The supporting paperwork for the warrants shows that police believe Devega shot Anthony Dwayne Scarborough, 32, during a home invasion robbery at 508 Tartan Circle on the night of Feb. 13. Evidence showed Scarborough was killed with a revolver.

Devega had become acquainted with Scarborough while the two were in imprisoned with the North Carolina Department of Correction, an anonymous tipster told police.

Devega was convicted of committing two armed robberies in New Hanover County during the week of Christmas in 1999, according to NCDOC records. He was released from prison in 2005 after serving five years.

Devega and Scarborough were both housed at the Johnston Correctional Institution between March 15 and May 3, 2005, NCDOC officials confirmed.

The tipster alleged Devega had developed a grudge against Scarborough and had threatened revenge, the warrant stated.

The tipster also described a speech impediment from which Devega suffers. The same speech impediment was audible in surveillance video from the homicide of Stephanie Powell Anderson, 39, at a Wilco-Hess gas station at 1741 Trawick Road on April 10.

Devega is charged in Anderson's death. Affidavits submitted to get the warrants stated that Anderson was ambushed as she arrived at the station. When she was unable to open the store’s safe, she was shot and killed.

Ballistic evidence showed the bullet that killed Anderson came from the same weapon used in Scarborough’s death, the affidavits stated.

The Wilco-Hess is less than two miles from Devega's employer, Pike Electric, 1050 N. New Hope Road. Devega has been employed there since 2006, according to employment records.

The attempted murder charge stems from the shooting of a clerk, Modesta Fernandez-Lucas, 25, at the Mexico Lindo check-cashing business Sept. 10. Fernandez-Lucas was shot multiple times but survived.

Further ballistic evidence showed the bullets fired at Fernandez came from a gun used in both in the Anderson and Scarborough homicides and a robbery of a Subway restaurant on May 7.

Devega faces charges in nine robberies:

  • Jan. 23 robbery of Subway store, 10450 Durant Road
  • Feb. 1 robbery of Wilco-Hess, 7413 Louisburg Road
  • Feb. 13 robbery of Wilco-Hess, 7413 Louisburg Road
  • Feb. 13 murder of Anthony Dwayne Scarborough at 508 Tartan Circle
  • April 5 robbery of Subway, 6320 Capital Blvd.
  • April 10 robbery of Wilco-Hess, 1741 Trawick Road, and murder of Stephanie Powell Anderson
  • May 7 robbery of Subway store, 5410 Six Forks Road, with shots fired
  • May 24 robbery of Capital Food Mart, 2929 Capital Blvd.
  • June 6 robbery of Bojangles', 10610 Durant Road
  • Sept. 10 robbery of Mexico Lindo, 4010 Wake Forest Road and attempted murder of Modesta Fernandez-Lucas

Analysis of several of the robbery scenes showed the suspect wore Vasque brand hiking boots and blue latex work gloves.

Investigators found Devega lived in close proximity to many of the robberies.

Neighbors said that Devega lived in a house owned by his parents. During a search of that home, investigators seized clothing, Vasque boots and shoes, cell phones, blue and white colored Power Grab gloves,  a laptop and a .38-caliber revolver.

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  • grayboomerang Nov 26, 3:33 p.m.

    Thank you to the tipster and a big thank you to the Raleigh PD. Now let's hope that the judge/jury will punish this man to the fullest extent of the law.

  • ifcdirector Nov 26, 2:14 p.m.

    It must be nice to be a liberal judge and be able to sleep at night. The scary thing is that same ability probably knows no bounds whatsoever nor does it disturb the slumber of the wild eyed brainless voters who keep reelecting these people to preside over a broken judicial system either. That is until the byproduct of what they are doing affects them personally.

  • wkirk Nov 26, 1:29 p.m.

    When will these judges learn? Guys like this need to be put away for good. Five years served for 2 armed robberies. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! This guy should not have been back on the streets.

  • 2beachy4u Nov 26, 1:08 p.m.

    Okay, he took lives. Their families have to suffer because of his stupidity. Why do we have a death penalty if we never use it? Hello.....if we started capital punishment (an eye for an eye) I bet it would cut down on a lot of crime. I am tired of paying taxes for criminals to get 3 meals a day when there are children within our communities that do good to get 1 meal a day. When is our world going to wake up? If everyone is all about CHANGE, you have to do something yourself first, not sit back and wait on others to do it!

  • voice your opinion Nov 26, 12:48 p.m.

    I'm waiting for his Mom to say he is a good man and just mis-understood or that he had a bad childhood.

  • beachboater Nov 26, 12:45 p.m.

    They need to resolve the ethics issue with North Carolina doctors. They need a dull needle for this guy.

  • Journey985 Nov 26, 12:38 p.m.

    Please tell me that this man will NEVER breathe a breath of free air for the rest of his life!

  • mramorak Nov 26, 12:35 p.m.

    These fools put so much energy in this stuff.

  • thought Nov 26, 12:11 p.m.

    Seriously, what does it take to get these guys put down? Jail is not "fixing" them. Let them try military - if that doesn't work......

  • twc Nov 26, 12:08 p.m.

    I wish he had tried to rob the store on Western Blvd. where the owner defended himself really well!!