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Wilson man sought in robbery, shooting

Posted January 1, 2010
Updated March 31, 2011

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— Rocky Mount police are searching for a Wilson man wanted for the kidnapping and robbery of three people, in which two were shot.

Bernard Terrance Javar Blue, 29, is wanted on three counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police said that Blue and Deonta Bridgers, 20, of Bailey, entered the kitchen of a residence at 1020 Burt St. around 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 29. They ordered Keith Sharpe, 31, and William Battle IV, 23, to lie on the floor. Blue forced Martha Sharpe, 49, from a rear room and ordered her to lie on the floor with the other men.

Bridgers shot Keith Sharpe in the back, and Blue shot Battle in the leg, police said. Martha Sharpe wasn't injured. The suspects fled in a white minivan.

Keith Sharpe was transported to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was in critical condition Thursday. Battle was treated and released from Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount.

Bridgers was arrested on one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of armed robbery and three counts of first-degree kidnapping. He was given a $150,000 bond.

Tykii Andrew Woodard, 19, of Wilson, was arrested on two counts each of aiding and abetting armed robbery and possession of a stolen firearm. He was given a $30,000 bond.

Anyone who sees Blue should immediately call Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411. He is known to frequent the Wilson area.

Blue has a history of dealing drugs in Wilson and Johnston counties, according to state Department of Correction records. He finished a 3½-year sentence for 28 drug convictions in September 2008.


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  • twc Jan 1, 2010

    You will probably be pleased to learn that Martha Sharpe was the one that wasn't injured.

    Why the relatively low bonds? Is the employment status of suspects considered when deciding the amount of bond? People who aren't gainfully employed would seem to be at a higher risk of committing violent crimes once they are out.

    When are the courts going to get tough on violence?

  • bomanicous Jan 1, 2010

    "Bridgers shot Sharpe in the back, Sharpe wasn't injured"

    That's either poor reporting or a pretty tough hombre.