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Robbery charges filed against Hoke shooting suspect

Posted May 16, 2011 5:57 p.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2011 6:23 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police filed robbery charges Monday against a Hoke County man, who surrendered to police after officers fired at him Saturday during a stolen vehicle traffic stop.

William Harris, 20, was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with robberies May 10 on Applewhite Road and on Saturday near Carloway Drive and Graham Road.

Early Saturday, Hoke County authorities alerted Fayetteville police that two men involved in a shooting and robbery shortly before midnight Friday might be driving a stolen car into the city.

Authorities activated an anti-theft device on the car and tracked it to the area of Yadkin Road, police said. 

When they stopped the car, a passenger got out and pointed a handgun at officers, who fired their guns, police said. The bullets struck only the car, but the two suspects surrendered without resisting. No one was injured.

Harris, 20, was charged with assault on a government official, and Nikia Martin, 21, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Harris was given a $100,000 secured bond, and Martin a $5,000 secured bond.

Harris was released from jail on May 8 after serving 16 months for violating probation, state Department of Correction records show. He was convicted in 2009 of larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen vehicle, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.