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Rocky Mount standoff suspect threatened officers

Posted June 11, 2010

— The man who held authorities at bay for 11 hours Thursday threatened to use guns and explosives to kill a hostage and law enforcement officers, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Attorney General said Friday.

Robert Looney, 33, barricaded himself inside 717 Kinchen Drive in Rocky Mount when the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to serve a warrant on him for a Baltimore homicide. He was holding a hostage, a woman who lived at the home.

Rocky Mount police and crisis negotiators from the State Bureau of Investigation surrounded the home and communicated with Looney throughout the day until, in the late afternoon, Looney left the house, got in a vehicle and charged the officers, Jennifer Canada of the Attorney General’s Office said.

SBI Special Agent Adam Tanner shot at the vehicle, striking it and injuring Looney, Canada said. Looney was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Looney release his hostage unharmed, authorities said. Police did not release the name of the woman. The owner of the house, Christee McNeil, identified her as Flora Greene.

Greene was living in the home with her cousin's family – a mother, father and four children, McNeil said.

McNeil said Greene is originally from Maryland, which is how she knows Looney.

A spokeswoman for FOX45 in Baltimore said Looney called their station from inside the Rocky Mount house four times Thursday morning and that he did something similar in 2007 when he barricaded himself in a West Baltimore home.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in that case and served two years, according to FOX45.


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  • input Jun 11, 2010

    He is a Looney Tic. Lock him up and throw away the key.

  • simplemind2 Jun 11, 2010

    I’m pretty sure we as a society certainly can rehabilitate Mr. Robert Looney into someone with a sound mind and body – after all, he’s only 33 years old. After that, we can ship him to either Iraq and/or Afghanistan to sweep the “IEDs”.

  • FairPlay Jun 11, 2010

    What a waste of a human being. Lock him up and throw away the key. No rehab will work here. Betcha they let hi out and the next time it will be worse.

  • csplantlover Jun 11, 2010

    Could his name be more appropriate?! ha ha ha This guy belongs in the "Looney" Bin!

  • Bartmeister Jun 11, 2010

    Well, the guy has the right last name. Another familiar face in front of the grey wall, unable to be rehabilitated into society. Hope they learned from the last time to keep him in full sentence this time.

  • stevenalowe Jun 11, 2010

    My question is, was Ms Greene a hostage, or was she harboring a criminal in the first place? Maybe an assessory after the fact? Hmmm...

  • Mr. Sensible Jun 11, 2010

    I wish EGO, PRIDE and SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS was something that could be removed surgically ,Like Testicles.