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Police: College student killed in robbery didn't know attackers

Posted December 18, 2012

— Police said four suspects accused in the robbery and shooting death last week of a Cape Fear Community College student used the victim’s stolen $10 to buy gas.

Jasmine Nikole Dottin, Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., Daniel Edward Henry and Quintell Raheem Grady are charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the death of Joshua Proutey.

Authorities said Proutey, a graduate of West Johnston High School, was robbed of a sandwich, a cellphone and the $10 last Thursday. He was found unresponsive in a parking lot in downtown Wilmington sometime before 11 p.m.

District Attorney Ben David told the The StarNews of Wilmington that the four went downtown looking for targets to rob when they encountered Proutey and demanded his wallet. He said Proutey gave one of the suspects his wallet, got back into his car and was shot in the head.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Proutey did not know his assailants. He also said there are no other suspects in the case.

All four suspects had a first court appearance Monday and three remained held without bond. Henry’s bond was set at $2 million.


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  • rfhill Dec 19, 2012

    Shot from behind. Cowards. The world is just losing their minds! Black,White, Brown, Red, whatever...The influence of the devil is colorblind.

  • gospelposse Dec 19, 2012

    wow it doesnt matter what color they are all crimes should be handled the same. If i could say what I really wanted to say when those innocent kids were just killed or when they killed in Co at the movie theatre, or at columbine. I can go on and on. Color shouldnt be a issue justice should be. Get it together people.

  • carolinaprincess62 Dec 19, 2012

    Why is this not a "hate crime". They hunted down a "white" man and killed him. Like others have said, if it were four white people that killed a black man, the NAACP would be all over of it. Where is a group to make sure white people are treated fairly?

  • filiz Dec 18, 2012

    I wish i could write what i really want to say about those animals.

  • carparts Dec 18, 2012

    Please bring them to Johnston County !

  • miseem Dec 18, 2012

    Whatever we do, let's make sure that jury selection is unbiased. After all, we should respect their rights. Right?

  • johnny2times Dec 18, 2012

    Shot in the head for $10.00....Where is the outrage or is that only reserved for certain other groups.

    December 18, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    BINGO!...you bet if it was four white suspects who did this to a black victim, Barber would be drooling over this and wanting "justice"....

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  • mikelynn2003 Dec 18, 2012

    Animals is much too kind of a discription for these sub-humans. Even animals in the jungle don't kill for the fun of it!!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 18, 2012

    Should have known. Doesn't surprise me a bit.