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Suspect in Rocky Mount motel robbery dies

Posted January 4, 2010

— A robbery suspect shot by a Rocky Mount police officer on Sunday has died, police said Monday.

Officers responded to the Motel 6 at 1370 N. Wesleyan Blvd. at about 7 p.m. after a 20-year-man said he had been robbed at gunpoint while on the third floor.

Officer Kyle Mistretta shot Johvoun Harvey, who was holding a gun outside the motel, police spokeswoman Laura Fahnestock said. Whether the suspect fired at police is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Harvey was taken to Nash General Hospital, then transferred to Pitt Regional Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he died.

A second suspect, thought to have been involved in the armed robbery, fled the scene. She was described as a black woman, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim build and long black hair. She was wearing a pink winter coat and glasses.

The woman might be driving a late-model, dark green Cadillac sedan, Fahnestock said.

The SBI review of the shooting is standard procedure for any incident in which a North Carolina law enforcement officer fires a weapon.

Mistretta has been assigned to administrative duty during the course of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or shooting is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 919-972-1411.


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  • VivaceConBrio Jan 5, 2010

    Congrats RMPD, keep picking them off one at a time! Thoughts and Prayers are with the family of the officer. I can't imagine how stressful this ordeal is for you. You have a lot of support!

  • BraveHeart Jan 5, 2010

    Great job officer....one more down

  • computer trainer Jan 4, 2010

    Ok, here is his record:


  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 4, 2010

    IMO, when someone commits a crime, they lose ALL of their rights. Whatever happens... happens. You should have NO RIGHT to argue ANYTHING that happens to you. You give up ALL RIGHTS when you commit a crime.

    Unfortunately, that's not the way it is. But it should be. And there's NO EXCEPTION you could tell me that I would accept. Any argument you mention starts with someone committing a crime. Once that crime is committed, all rights are lost. This perp suffered the ultimate loss of rights.

  • BruiserB Jan 4, 2010

    And there will be more. Good job officer! My prayers are with you.

  • ngsoldier13p Jan 4, 2010

    I'm glad no good guys got hurt this time. Also, it hasn't happened yet but I know it will, to all you LEO bashers, I know the officer, I had the pleasure of attending the Academy with him. He would not have pulled the trigger unless it was absolutely necessary and lawful. To everyone else, I'm sure he would appreciate your prayers and support, as it is never easy to take a life, even justifiably.

    And yes Hank he did have a record. He had recently been released from serving time for dealing dope in Halifax County.

  • hank5049 Jan 4, 2010

    did the robber have a criminal record? it really doesn't matter. i was just curious. great job officer for getting another crook off of the street.

  • tommys5 Jan 4, 2010

    Sounds like the old Queen hit song.