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Judge refuses to lower bond for suspects in attempted theater robbery

Raleigh police took a man into custody Monday afternoon after a two-hour standoff outside a local movie theater.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A District Court judge on Tuesday refused to lower the bond of two Edgecombe County men charged in connection with the attempted robbery of a Raleigh movie theater.

Stanley Mark Joyner, 43, of Lot 18, Conetoe Mobile Home Park, Tarboro, and Alonza Deshawn Wiggins, 31, of 109 Brewer Court, Rocky Mount, each face charges of assault with a deadly weapon in Monday's crime at the Carmike 15 Cinema on Atlantic Springs Road.

Police say the men tried to rob the theater's manager while he was opening the business around 11:30 a.m.

A search warrant in the case that was released Tuesday alleges that Joyner tried to hit the manager with a hammer but that the manager was able to escape and alert a nearby police officer.

Joyner was taken into custody shortly after police arrived at the scene. Wiggins was arrested about two hours later on the building's rooftop.

The warrant, for a 1995 burgundy Ford Explorer borrowed by Joyner, says that he admitted to the robbery during a police interview and also told investigators about committing break-ins overnight.

A search of the SUV resulted in investigators seizing a DVD player and several other pieces of electronic equipment.

Judge Jennifer Knox refused to lower bonds for the two men.

Prosecutors told Knox that Joyner has charges pending in Edgecombe County and that he is on probation for convictions of assault, selling cocaine and driving while impaired in North Carolina and Virginia.

He remained in the Wake County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond

Wiggins, jailed under a $15,000 bond, has in Nash County convictions of felony breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle.


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