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Police: 5 Men Wanted for Armed Robberies Over 7 Months

Posted December 21, 2007 4:04 p.m. EST

— Goldsboro police arrested three men and were searching for two others in connection with a string of armed robberies over the past seven months.

Police said that Tyrone Riley Jr., 26, of 1011 Slaughter St., Goldsboro, participated in at least four robberies. Officers arrested Riley on Tuesday after finding him near the scene of a robbery in progress at Hudson Insurance Agency at 320 N. John St. in Goldsboro.

Robert Devince Holloman, 23, of 1728 A Edgerton St., Goldsboro, was also arrested at the Hudson Insurance Agency.

Police said that Riley and Holloman additionally used a gun to threaten and rob a woman at a Walgreen's store on Wayne Memorial Drive on Dec. 10. Police are still searching for a third suspect, Montana Best, in connection with that robbery.

Officers charged Riley with an armed robbery at a Wendy's restaurant on Wayne Memorial Drive on Dec. 1. The robber held a handgun and locked the employees in the walk-in freeze after demanding money.

On June 16, police said three men robbed a Burger King restaurant on North Berkeley Boulevard at gunpoint. Riley has been charged in that crime, along with Perez Donovan McDuffie, who has arrested on July 28.

A third suspect, Javoris Whitted, was being sought for the Burger King robbery.

Riley faces a total of eight charges, including four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of assault on a female and possession of a stolen weapon. He was being held at the Wayne County Jail under a $575,000 secured bond.

Riley received a suspended sentence of probation for a misdemeanor breaking and entering in 2005. He was paroled from prison in Iowa's Polk County in 2003 after serving time for a class C felony. Iowa's Department of Corrections Web site did not list details of the offense.

Holloman was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one each of second-degree kidnapping and possession of a stolen firearm. He also remained at the Wayne County Jail under a $175,000 bond.

Holloman was released from jail in July after serving 81 days of a 4-month sentence for larceny. He has been convicted on at least two felony breaking-and-entering charges and two larceny charges in Wayne county since August 2001.

The investigation into these robberies is ongoing, and detectives are working on identifying other suspects.

Anyone with information on the robberies or location of the suspects is asked to Investigator L.D. Bethea at 919-580-4214 or Investigator D. Bevell at 919-580-4218. Crime Stoppers takes anonymous calls at 919-735-2255.