Suspect killed in Kenly attempted robbery IDed by authorities
Johnston County deputies on Monday identified a man who was shot and killed while trying to rob a local restaurant on Friday.Posted — Updated
Javier Francisco Bautista, 20, died in a shootout with the owner of Shoeheel Grill, Grocery and Gas, at 8212 Old Beulah Road in Kenly, according to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Bautista lived in a barn behind 602 White St. in Selma.
The robbery happened shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.
The store owner, 59-year-old Donnie Creech, his son and two female employees were the only people in the store when Bautista walked in and displayed a weapon, Bizzell said.
Bautista pointed the gun at Creech's son, and Creech came from a back room with a weapon. In an exchange of gunfire, Bautista was hit and ran outside to a van, where he died.
Creech then grabbed a second weapon, went outside and was confronted by a second armed man, 17-year-old Felipe Alejandro Ortiz. They exchanged gunfire until Ortiz ran into a wooded area.
Ortiz, of 307 W. Jones St. in Selma, fled on foot and was later arrested and charged with attempted murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was denied bond.
Creech, his son and the employees were not injured. Bizzell said they would have likely died if Creech was not armed.
"If you're put in a life-and-death situation, I'm pretty sure anyone would've responded," Creech's older son, Donnie, said. "You've got to take care of yourself, take care of your family."
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