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Police: Robbery suspect had rifle, bulletproof vest, machete

Posted May 12, 2011

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— An armed robbery suspect caught Tuesday was carrying a .22-caliber rifle and a machete and wearing a bulletproof vest, Fayetteville police said.

Police said John Oalton Miles Jr. approached a person on Wichita Drive around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and asked for a ride. When the person refused, Miles pulled out a sawed-off rifle, police said. The person ran away and called police.

Officers said they found Miles near Morganton Road Elementary School and arrested him after a short foot chase. In addition to the rifle, machete and bulletproof vest, he was carrying a shank-like knife and a pocket knife, police said.

Miles, 27, of Coolshade Drive, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and carrying a concealed weapon. He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $35,000 secured bond.

He has a single previous conviction for carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, in 2009, according to state Department of Correction records. He served six months' probation.

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  • sniperdiver May 12, 2011

    Hey Golo readers, maybe this guy had a bulletproof vest, because he learned that the police would shoot him 12 times, like the Cary Police did during their bank robbery.....

  • leroyw93 May 12, 2011

    How is a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle a weapon of mass destrucion? Sawed-off simply means pistol-grip stock. The man was also armed with a machete and "shank-like" knife. If he took time to make a shank, he probably did time in prison, and is still institutionalized. I'm glad he was caught.

  • lloyd768811b May 12, 2011

    I bet it was a weapon of mass destruction to the guy he pointed it at. Nice 'do by the way. I'm sure any Human Resources department would place this guy at the head of the line for a job.

  • working for deadbeats May 12, 2011

    I've read the article numerous times and can't find what is news about it. More violence from the usual suspect.

  • ncdixie1 May 12, 2011

    The number and type of weapons this guy had he could have done some serious harm to a person or persons. A sawed off .22 rifle the article says, not just your average .22 rifle. This guy was hunting to hurt people not rabbits.

  • saturn5 May 12, 2011

    A weapon of mass death and destruction according to NC law is any sawed off rifle or shotgun, hand grenade, etc. It's a legal definition and not the same term as used by the media. That has been on the books long before most of you ever heard to term WMD.

  • 27615 May 12, 2011

    weapon of mass destruction? that's crazy

  • Iworkforaliving May 12, 2011

    weapon of mass destruction? really? a 22 rifle? little bit of an overkill ya think?

  • Man Man May 12, 2011

    This is not news

  • WRALgolo2.1 May 12, 2011

    The sawed off rifle should be a federal firearms charge, not a WMD charge. He clearly did not have the appropriate documentation with the tax stamp.

    Lock him up for years. Too bad he didn't get into a shootout.

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