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Farmville woman is fifth charged in Hustle Mart triple homicide

Posted April 24, 2012 5:54 p.m. EDT
Updated April 24, 2012 6:10 p.m. EDT

— The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested a fifth person Tuesday in connection with a convenience store shooting that killed three people.

Zipporah Rochell Purvis, 25, faces three counts of accessory after the fact in the April 1 shooting of three employees at Hustle Mart in Farmville. Sheriff Neil Elks said Purvis helped the three men and one juvenile accused in the shooting to evade arrest.

Purvis was being held at the Pitt County jail under $3 million bond.

"In any investigation, if you conceal information about the crime, or you help the suspect in any way elude arrest, then you are an active participant," Elks said.

More arrests are possible, Elks said.

Antwan Andre Anthony, 29, Xavier Montel Shamble, 19, and Willie Whitehead, 23, as well as an unidentified juvenile, were arrested April 4 and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mokbel Mohamed "Sam" Almujanhi, 16, Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi, 26, and Gaber Alawi, 24.

All four face numerous other charges, including first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Almujanhi was the store owner's son and the other two men were also relatives.