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Reward offered for capture of teen wanted in fatal bar shooting

Posted October 12, 2011

— Rocky Mount Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a teen accused of shooting and killing a man during a bar fight.

Royal Rakem Williams, 17, is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the Sept. 30 death of Ryan Craig Bobbitt, 24.

Police say that Williams shot Bobbitt with a handgun during a fight among seven to eight people at the Night Life Bar and Grill at 821 Country Club Road. Police haven't said what led to the fight.

Williams is known to frequent Nashville, N.C.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Tips can also be emailed to Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that solve crimes.

Williams also faces charges of possession of a handgun, discharging a firearm in city limits, being in a nightclub as a minor and carrying a weapon into a place where alcohol is sold.

Jhimaal McKeith Lasco, 19, Kenny Maliek Bynum, 29, and Doron Terrel Alston, 28, have been arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in connection with Bobbitt's death.

The night club's owner, Thomas Benson, has said that he and the property's landlord have agreed that no nightclub or bar will ever again be allowed to open at that address.


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  • soxalways Oct 12, 2011

    Capture him and lock him up forever. I am sick of my money (taxes) paying for criminals yet we cut the budget from schools where the money should go. Let's cut money from the prisons. Change the food they are provided, no AC in the summer and no TV is where we can start. Then maybe jail would not be looked at like a vacation spot for these people in and out every few months. GET a JOB and be a productive CITIZEN! Next we will hear that he was a good boy and so shocked that he could do such a thing.

  • ncrebel Oct 12, 2011

    People need to be reminded if they are helping this kid, they are going to be in serious trouble too.

    And yes, that is a mug shot. Obvoiusly been in trouble before.

  • dwallace9392 Oct 12, 2011

    People better start raising their kids or the prison system will. These people have no value for others lives. We need to take them all off the streets now,perhaps others who enjoy life and work for a living can live without fear!!!!!!

  • bombayrunner Oct 12, 2011

    Where does a 17yr old get a hand gun? How does a 17yr old wind up in a bar, with a handgun? I could see this now ... start trouble and act invincible not thinking past any moment. Now hiding somewhere with friends (other criminals). It is at this point where one thinks, what have I done? what is going to happen to me? you are a KILLER!

  • 1911A1 Oct 12, 2011

    Well looks like his life is over before it really began. I agree teach consequences !!! At 18 he would have been an adult at 17 he is a minor and should have been supervised and if the parents let him out into the world because he was well behaved and they trusted his ability to make good decisions then they should be held accountable as well. At 18 we stop blaming the parent . even at that we allow an 18 year old in to the service where he will be taught reponsibility and honor .At 21 we allow them into bars unsupervised

  • Buddy110 Oct 12, 2011

    Mom of 3 - Yes, all those "agains" you mentioned happen all the time huh, with as much frequency as this type of behavior? haha. Warped sense of proportion.

  • Jakethesnake Oct 12, 2011

    Picture says a thousand words... AGAIN!" cantbtaught

    cantbtaught...What does the picture say?dmcneil

    @dmcneil Keep up with the news much? It is almost like a record repeating itself. Same type of story, same type of perp.

    Yup, we know what the picture says.

  • chattycat Oct 12, 2011

    @momof3- Not sure I get what you are trying to say! This picture says we have yet another shooting by yet another young African American in an area that has frequent incidents that are almost identical.

  • voiceofreason32 Oct 12, 2011

    Exactly what does this picture say, I'm interested in knowing?

    I tried to communicate this, but was edited out. The picture says he is 17, already had his mug shot taken, and the makes him a T

  • mom-of-3 Oct 12, 2011

    Picture says a thousand words... AGAIN!

    I've seen a lot of kids disappering from there bedroom windows "AGAIN",or supposedly driven in a lake "AGAIN", or duck tape placed over the mouth "AGAIN", Exactly what does this picture say, I'm interested in knowing?