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Eight charged in rash of Raleigh armed robberies

Posted February 15, 2009
Updated February 16, 2009

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— Raleigh police arrested eight men and women late last week who they believe plotted to commit a rash of armed robberies over the past six months.

The robbers targeted mostly delivery drivers, as well as a taxi driver and Family Dollar store in north Raleigh at which one suspect worked, investigators said. One robbery victim was assaulted and suffered serious injuries.

The armed robberies began in September and continued until early this month. Police said they have not uncovered a gang connection to the robberies.

Police arrested the eight suspects last Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They all were being held in the Wake County Jail on Sunday afternoon.

Officers charged:

  • Joseph Andrea Tinsley, 23, of 804 Belmont Drive in Raleigh – seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, six counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was given a $750,000 secured bond.
  • Brian Anthony Johnson, 22, of 821 N. King Charles Road in Raleigh – four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was given a $500,000 secured bond.
  • Ryan Lavert Brown, 19, of 258-203 Weston Road in Garner – one count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and embezzlement. He was given a $55,000 secured bond.
  • Christopher Sherod Clay, 22, of Raleigh – three counts each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was given a $450,000 secured bond.
  • Anastasia Ashley Richardson, 22, of 1639-B Burgundy St. in Raleigh – two counts each of armed robbery and felony conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. She was given a $200,000 secured bond.
  • Quinton Lamont Battle, 19, of Raleigh – one count each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was given a  $100,000 secured bond.
  • Jasmine Yvette McFadden, 25, of 717 Glenbrook Drive in Raleigh – one count each of armed robbery and conspiracy. She was given a $60,000 secured bond.
  • Shawn Demetrius Baker, 18, of 513 Dacian Road in Raleigh – one count of armed robbery. He was given a $200,000 secured bond.

Police identified Brown as the Family Dollar employee.

Tinsley, Johnson, Clay and Richardson made their first court appearances Feb. 13, and their next court date was set for March 5.

Brown, Battle and McFadden will appear in court Feb. 16. Baker made his first court appearance Feb. 11, and his next court date was set for March 4.

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  • hawkbruc Feb 16, 2009

    well now we would not want to break up any families over these illegal acts now would we ?

  • james27613 Feb 16, 2009

    Time for new law, The North Carolina Criminal Accountability Act,
    you use a firearm in a crime, you get 12 years hard time,
    no deals, no probation, no early release, no nothing.

  • Proud Airman Feb 16, 2009

    GOOD WORK RPD!!!

  • GoBlue Feb 16, 2009

    Are we sure they are from Raleigh and not Durham? I did not think Raleigh had any criminals, gangs, or crime for that matter.

  • QueenBeeMAMMA Feb 16, 2009

    is anyone really surprised here ?

  • Tiffany2007 Feb 16, 2009

    It must be very frustrating for police officers and task forces to do such outstanding work and to have the court system fail them as well as citizen who actually work for a living and not steal for a living. We need more Dirty Harrys. (kidding) But the courts need to do their job and not allow alleged criminals to commit senseless acts while out on bond doing NOTHING!

  • airbornemonty Feb 16, 2009

    Okay, The police did their job and now we wait for the courts to see if they are going to do their job.

  • chargernut69 Feb 16, 2009

    Gee, I thought they were trying to help stop gangs in NC?... more evidence to the contrary!

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Feb 16, 2009

    These are eight fine upstanding members of society that deserve special recognition.(in the form of heavy jail time)

  • Smiling Feb 16, 2009

    OK......one of these individuals has already been charged with a previous larceny.......where does it end?? The judicial system is being laughed at over and over again....punishment should be swift and severe, not one continuation after another and slaps on the wrist.

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