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Teen fatally shot while running from robbery

Posted September 9, 2009

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— Rocky Mount police are seeking about a half-dozen men who disguised themselves as police officers and fatally shot a 17-year-old boy during a robbery Tuesday night.

Police said that four to six masked men posing as police got out of an SUV near a group of men playing cards around 11 p.m. outside a 2104 Travis Run. The gunmen pulled out handguns, shotguns and rifles and ordered the card players to lie down, police said. They began robbing the card players, as well as people inside the trailer.

Jermaine Larquez Lynch, who lives nearby, saw the robbery going on and tried to run away, police said. One of the gunmen shot him in the back.

Lynch was struck in the shoulder and chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at Nash General Hospital.

A K9 search turned up some of the stolen items in a ditch near 2105 Brandon Lane, but no suspects.

Police officers canvassed the neighborhood and set up a checkpoint to see if anyone had witnessed the incident.

The one gunman who wasn't wearing a mask was described as a black man between 45 and 50 years old, with a thin build and a gray, thin beard, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Detective Michael Lewis at 252-972-1457 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in certain felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • SOCLOSE Sep 10, 2009

    RaceCard, I think what GoGreen was trying to tell you is to not try to criticize something that you don't understand. The MOMS organization began b/c of the UNSOLVED murders. The string of murdered and missing mothers was just the beginning. This organization is trying to reach to the same RMPD that you are complaining about, b/c they haven't been doing the best job they can. If this young man's murder doesn't get solved, or we feel the police are doing enough, then we will fight for his justice as well.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Sep 9, 2009

    I think Rocky Mount is more comparable to Compton, Detroit or Baghdad at this point.

  • SomeRandomGuy Sep 9, 2009

    Maybe if the Police Chief in Rocky Mount wasn't too busy impregnating rookie cops, he could think about doing SOMETHING about the crime there...

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Sep 9, 2009

    Be careful when you jump to conclusions. You never know where you are going to land.
    GoGreen

    What are you talking about?

  • GoGreen Sep 9, 2009

    RaceCard Balker

    Be careful when you jump to conclusions. You never know where you are going to land.

  • mrsmom Sep 9, 2009

    "On all measures, Durham is notably safer than Rocky Mount. Durham's crime index rate (per 100K residents) in 2008 was 6408.0, while Rocky Mount's was 9081.2. "

    Well that is just plain scary. When small towns have crime rates that are worse than large cities like Durham, somebody needs to take action. I would suggest taking a look at the leadership of the city and police department is the first step. The sad thing is those rates do not even include the surrounding areas outside of the city limits (i.e. where they have been finding bodies for the past few years).

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Sep 9, 2009

    Its time for this community to stand up, and yes I am referring to the black community. They march for prostitutes that are killed, what about an innocent 17 year old boy, shot in the back.
    The culture of "no snitching" needs to stop. Snitch, tell on those who are committing crime...the very people who tell you snitching is wrong are the very same people killing you.
    You should be out in the streets, marching, protesting...looking for the men who did this. If a white police officer shot a black kid, Barber, Jesse, and his cronies would be out in force...take back your community.

  • pingmanreturns Sep 9, 2009

    "Police said that four to six masked men posing as police got out of an SUV near a group of men playing cards around 11 p.m. outside a 2104 Travis Run."

    Masked men, SUV! Yep, sounds like the Police I see everyday, Con Amor??????

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Sep 9, 2009

    Zero tolerance for nuisance crimes, saturation patrols, field interview everybody in the problem areas and see what happens...
    forensics

    They used too, now this chief and city council has no backbone

  • forensics Sep 9, 2009

    I worked in Rocky Mount for a while and it is bad. It will likely only get worse since they are reducing the "harsh and unfair" sentencing guidelines to reduce the inmate population as a result of the money savings brought about by closing prisons. We know that reducing crime starts at home, but if that doesn't work, society needs a way to deal with it. RMPD should take some lessons from other agencies. Zero tolerance for nuisance crimes, saturation patrols, field interview everybody in the problem areas and see what happens...

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