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Robbery charges filed against Hoke shooting suspect

Posted May 16, 2011

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— Fayetteville police filed robbery charges Monday against a Hoke County man, who surrendered to police after officers fired at him Saturday during a stolen vehicle traffic stop.

William Harris, 20, was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with robberies May 10 on Applewhite Road and on Saturday near Carloway Drive and Graham Road.

Early Saturday, Hoke County authorities alerted Fayetteville police that two men involved in a shooting and robbery shortly before midnight Friday might be driving a stolen car into the city.

Authorities activated an anti-theft device on the car and tracked it to the area of Yadkin Road, police said. 

When they stopped the car, a passenger got out and pointed a handgun at officers, who fired their guns, police said. The bullets struck only the car, but the two suspects surrendered without resisting. No one was injured.

Harris, 20, was charged with assault on a government official, and Nikia Martin, 21, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Harris was given a $100,000 secured bond, and Martin a $5,000 secured bond.

Harris was released from jail on May 8 after serving 16 months for violating probation, state Department of Correction records show. He was convicted in 2009 of larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen vehicle, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

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  • jbarron4950 May 17, 2011

    These two, like so many, are just looking for a fast lane to wealth. Look at the guys rap sheet. he hasn't learned and this probably won't teach him anything except how to not get caught the same way again. Career criminals in the making...Bartmeister

    How much wealth does one get from robbing convenient stores? Unless you're referring to a wealth of stupidity.

  • Bartmeister May 17, 2011

    These two, like so many, are just looking for a fast lane to wealth. Look at the guys rap sheet. he hasn't learned and this probably won't teach him anything except how to not get caught the same way again. Career criminals in the making.

  • mac240 May 17, 2011

    With all the opportunities we have available in this country it’s really sad to see so many young men throw their lives away for a few quick bucks. You don't have to go to college, but at least get a high school education. You will have to work a little harder to get ahead, but please help build a meaningful society...not tear it down. Somehow, someway we must instill a sense of responsibility into our young people. That their negative actions not only affects them but tears at the very fabric that bonds us as a society. I don’t have all the answers, but I had the upmost respect for my parents, they taught me and my ten sibling’s right from wrong and how to conduct ourselves. I guess the bottom line is if you’re not ready to take on the responsibility of being parent until your child is a fully functioning member of society …then don’t become one!