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Suspect in Walmart theft, assault caught after chase

Posted March 8, 2010

— A Goldsboro man and woman have been charged in connection with an assault and theft at a Walmart store on Saturday that ended with a police chase on U.S. Highway 70.

Walmart staff told police that that they confronted Darrell Braswell, 40, and Susan Hunter, 43, about the theft of various items from the store at 2908 U.S. 70. Police said that Braswell charged at staffers with a utility knife and ran into a vehicle in the parking lot, carrying the stolen items.

Staffers flagged down Officer Dillon Fleming, who was in the parking lot. Hunter was arrested at the store, but Braswell refused to stop for Fleming and sped off to the east on U.S. 70, police said.

Braswell sideswiped a vehicle at West Grantham Street and Claridge Nursery Road and then damaged his vehicle on railroad tracks in the 600 block of West Oak Street, police said. Police and Wayne County sheriff's deputies apprehended him in the 100 block of Rockefeller Court.

Braswell, of 602 Poplar St., was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, larceny, careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving with a revoked license, driving left of center and a fire-lane violation.

Hunter, of 202 E. Elm St., was charged with aiding and abetting a felony, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were placed in the Wayne County jail. Braswell was given a $290,000 bond, and Hunter a $75,000 bond.

Braswell has spent approximately seven years of the past 16 in prison, according to state Department of Correction records. His previous convictions include assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, common-law robbery, assault on a policeman and 15 counts of larceny.

Hunter served two months in 2007 after her probation from violating a protective order was revoked, DOC records say.


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  • Timetogo Mar 9, 2010

    Dontcha just love rehabilitation? Let's spend more money on computers, classes and self improvement for these fine, mis-guided individuals. :)

  • superman Mar 9, 2010

    beach4me-- guess you never been to many stores. You ever been to Lowes or Home Depot? Most stores have people at the door now-- maybe not checking receipts but they are there checking you as you come in and as you leave. If you arent taking anything why do you care that they are checking you? Reducing shoplifting helps to reduce the prices. Honest people dont mind being checked.

  • ncguy Mar 9, 2010

    what happened to 3 strikes?

    bad part about it is he has spent more time in jail then a sex offender?

  • genie2u Mar 9, 2010

    Worthless. Don't let them back out, they are a drain on society. I know my tax dollars will support them but at least I do not have to worry about them trying to break into my house and steal what doesn't belong to them.

    Citizens really ought to start just piling up on people like this and handling business before cops get there, maybe that will make them think twice

  • fishon Mar 9, 2010

    Stealing, assault, and armed robbery is worth the effort when you know that a color tv, food, shelter, work out room, heat-A/C, is waiting for you.

    Bring on Sheriff Joe from AZ. Tofu or other meat subsitute, pink clothing, tents, no basketball, weights, TV or radio. Bore them into becoming good citizens.

  • Journey985 Mar 9, 2010

    What a couple of Model citizens!!!

  • cth1 Mar 9, 2010

    Good Lord....what's it going to take to keep this guy behind bars? With all those charges I don't understand why he was walking the streets and able to do this again. I guess someone has to be killed to keep this guy in prison!! I sure hope I never cross his path!! I don't want to be his next victim!!

  • whatusay Mar 9, 2010

    Prison is not a deterrent and does not rehabilitate criminals, it only emboldens them. After they see what prison is like I really believe they think that if that's the worse that can happen it is worth it. Stealing, assault, and armed robbery is worth the effort when you know that a color tv, food, shelter, work out room, heat-A/C, is waiting for you.

    Government might consider setting up a reservator for them with armed guards. Let them grown their own food and stay on the reservation and make their own laws, ours isn't working.

  • tanlyn2 Mar 8, 2010

    why was he even out of jail? Look at his priors...throw away thekey.

  • mewuvbb Mar 8, 2010

    If people would spend their time looking for a job instead of stealing the stuff in the stores would not be so high. One thing I can not stand is a lie and a thief.