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Wake man faces slew of charges in violent robbery

Posted June 22, 2011
Updated June 23, 2011

— A Willow Spring man racked up assault, robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and weapons charges Wednesday after police say he used a sawed-off shotgun to assault and rob a man in Fuquay-Varina last week.

According to arrest warrants, police believe Steven Antonio Martin, 18, kidnapped a man, severely beat him with a 12-gauge shotgun and stole his wallet, driver's license, debit card and $150 in cash.

Martin, of 1009 Pansey Hill Lane, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and felony conspiracy.

A shotgun with a barrel length shorter than 18 inches is considered a weapon of mass destruction under state law. Police said Martin's shotgun was sawed off to 15.5 inches.

Police believe Martin conspired with four other people to rob, kidnap and assault the victim, but no other arrests have been made, warrants state. 

Martin was taken to the Wake County jail, where he was being held under a $500,000 bond.

Martin was on probation for November convictions for misdemeanor larceny and seven counts of attempted breaking and entering vehicles, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • hunter38 Jun 23, 2011

    Awwwwww such a sad looking face.....wonder if he had that same face while terrorizing innocent working people....NOT!!!! This clown should never see the streets again....but being N.C., he'll get probation then get out and murder someone.

  • tobywilliamson58 Jun 23, 2011

    What's a "SLEW"!!

  • emtp2k Jun 23, 2011

    Bronco, if the kids that are choosing a life of crime wanted an education then the money would be better spent on education. However, many times people who chose the criminal way of life are doing so because they see someone else in their neighborhood with a nice car or house or clothes and they want the same thing, so the easy route is to try to rob someone of their hard earned money. When they do that the 27,000 a year is the only option we have. Most will never turn away from crime.

  • Mark Hayes Jun 23, 2011

    supercedes when a black kid gets arrested."mom27610. You need to look at the number of arrest per month in the Triangle area then you will see the numbers of each,black, white and hispanic and it cannot be racial profiling since there are the same ethnic groups in law enforcement upholding the laws as breaking them,stop blaming the white man.

  • dfendrjimray Jun 23, 2011

    Antonio is the victim of unjust laws. He should be freed now!

  • YNCSW51 Jun 23, 2011

    The N & O says the victim was 16 years old. This is really sad I do hope the victim recovers from this and can get on with his life.

  • miketroll3572 Jun 23, 2011

    Can't wait to tell my daughter because he hit her when she went against him.

    If that had been my daughter, nobody would have ever seen him again.

  • YNCSW51 Jun 23, 2011

    Canes Girl Forever - do you have any suggestions in ways that we can improve these stastics, I am all ears as I am sick of it also. As a society I think we all or tired of it we need to put our heads together and come up with some positive ideas that may make a different in these young kids lives. It is a societal problem so we as a society need to try and fix it. I think as a society we can start by ensuring all our kids have a good quality education regardless of what social economic background they come from and last but not least we need to hold the parents accountable as they should not get a free pass for not instilling values and teaching their kids the difference between right and wrong. As the saying goes "the Apple does not fall from the tree, but what in the heck is going on with the tree."

  • Bronco Jun 23, 2011

    First...I do not think criminal should be free to run the streets..Second..we gotta figure a better way to get our money's worth.. ACCORDING to the North Carolina Department of Correction, it cost $27,134 dollars to keep one individual locked up for one year. ACCORDING to the University of North Caroliana at Chapel Hill,it cost $ 19,764 for in-state tuition a difference of $ 7,370. Now which is better, the cost of incarceration or the cost of education?

  • Canes Girl Forever Jun 23, 2011

    "there are more comments in here than about the nasty sick man with images of kids. what does that say about society when an old white man molest or are attracted to kids? guess that is a different story that doesnt supercede when a black kid gets arrested huh" mom27610 GOLO member since August 23, 2007

    Give me a break! There are more comments here because it seems its always a young black male committing these crimes. It's probably a young black male shooting at cars all over Raleigh and Durham. People are sick of it. And I'm sick of people crying about so many more blacks being incarcerated than whites. Well, did anyone ever think it's because more blacks commit more crimes. That's the way it looks!