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Trio charged in Roanoke Rapids Subway robbery

Posted November 11, 2012

— Two men have been arrested and a woman is wanted in connection with October robbery of a Subway restaurant in Roanoke Rapids, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Hakeem Cotton, 24, of Weldon, and Devonte Blount, 19, of Roanoke Rapids, were arrested Friday on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy in connection the Oct.28 robbery of the Subway on West 10th Street. Both suspects were placed in the Halifax County jail under separate $60,000 bonds and scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19.

Tasha Caine, 22, of Enfield, is wanted on one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Investigators are also trying to identify a third man involved in the robbery.

Roanoke Rapids police are also investigating Cotton and Blount in connection with a Sept. 29 armed robbery.

Cotton was released from prison in May after serving more than four years for a weapons charge and probation violations, according to state Division of Adult Corrections records. He has eight convictions, including four for common-law robbery and one each for possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor breaking-and-entering.


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  • ncrebel Nov 12, 2012

    I volunteer with animal rescue. Halifax County is notorious for animal neglect and cruelty, fighting dogs, chained dogs, unaltered animals allowed to continually propagate and then dumped at an county animal shelter where most are euthanized.

    For locals to rob a Subway, seems logical given the mentality in that area. Big Heist!!

  • SportsLover75 Nov 12, 2012

    People are crazy but our criminal system is CRAZIER! Why is that man out on the street if he already has so many charges? Plus one is already a charge of possession of a fire arm by a felon... did they think that would stop him from doing that again? Lock him up! Only a matter of time before he move on to a crime worse the armed robbery. Next time he may just pull the trigger!

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 12, 2012

    Let me get this straight...three, maybe four people rob a Subway, split the money 4 ways. To me, that equals not being to bright. I mean c'mon, man... really? Was it really worth it? ...robbing a Subway? Get a life, or better yet, get a job like the rest of us, instead of always trying to get something for nothing!!

  • lumberman Nov 12, 2012

    Mr. Cotton should be the naacp poster child. Why isn't the good rev Barber here in Halifax county helping this poor soul. But then again there is no helping someone like mr Cotton. Just look at his rap sheet and you can see he does not want to do anything other than rob and steal it beats working 9 to 5.