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Suspect killed, resident injured in Sampson home invasion

Posted March 19, 2012

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— A St. Pauls man was killed during a struggle after he and two other men broke into a house outside Harrells early Friday and shot one resident, according to the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Eric Pope said the occupants of a home at 1929 Tomahawk Highway were awakened around 5:30 a.m. by three men in dark, hooded shirts who had broken into the house. The occupants struggled with the men, and they fired guns at each other. The three men then ran from the house into nearby woods.

Deputies found one suspect, Michael Antonio Whittington, 30, dead by the road near the house, Pope said.

One resident, Darius Howard, 25, was also shot. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, and Pope said Monday that his condition was stable.

Deputies searched for the other two intruders into Friday afternoon. They called in K-9 teams from their office and the Duplin County Sheriff's Office and a helicopter from the Wilmington Police Department.

Pope said that residents told authorities where they saw men going in and out of the woods, helping lead to the men's arrests.

Monquel Jamel Melvin, 27, of Parkton, and Antonio Marcel Robinson, 36, of St. Pauls, were both charged with first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and attempted robbery.

They were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center, with bonds totaling more than $250,000. They are scheduled to appear in court March 30.

Melvin was also served with outstanding warrants from Bladen and Robeson counties for failure to appear in court on charges of discharging a weapon into occupied property, driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, failure to heed to blue lights and sirens, reckless driving, resisting a public officer and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle after consuming.

Robinson also faces charges in Robeson County of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a revoked license.

All three men had criminal records, according to state Department of Correction records.

Whittington's record was the longest and included seven assault convictions dating to 1999, along with convictions for selling drugs. He was most recently released from jail last July.

Melvin has convictions for dealing drugs, theft and assault, while Robinson has larceny and driving while impaired convictions from the 1990s.

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  • not my real name Mar 21, 2012

    He would have done society a favor if he had managed to shoot all of them....and not just in the leg either. Send that message to all future burglers, thiefs and home invaiding criminals that you WILL BE SHOT. Maybe just maybe they might think twice....maybe.

  • pm2 Mar 19, 2012

    Bruce Springstein would "let them go"....

  • pm2 Mar 19, 2012

    bluered5858
    March 19, 2012 5:54 p.m.
    AMEN! Really...and we were not ACTIVELY looking for these guys...

    "Melvin was also served with outstanding warrants from Bladen and Robeson counties for failure to appear in court on charges of discharging a weapon into occupied property, driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, failure to heed to blue lights and sirens, reckless driving, resisting a public officer and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle after consuming.

    Robinson also faces charges in Robeson County of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a revoked license."

  • bluered5858 Mar 19, 2012

    thses men should have been in prison with all there past transgressions,what did they get 6 months in prison for all there crimes.this is liberal justice.

  • johnny2times Mar 19, 2012

    God for bid these "men" should go get a job instead of taking what they think is owed to them...should have dropped all of them...

  • JPE Mar 19, 2012

    Whittington and Robinson both have nice, long criminal records. I guess it's the end of the line this time.

  • SFSOLDIER Mar 19, 2012

    I beleive the surviving perp could/will be charged with murder...that's they it normally rolls.

  • JPE Mar 19, 2012

    One down...

  • SFSOLDIER Mar 19, 2012

    A rough looking crowd of fine Americans...glad that they got what they deserved a "bullet." Next time drop all of them.

  • spartacuscapua1 Mar 19, 2012

    Next time get them all!!!!

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