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Wake man faces slew of charges in violent robbery

Posted June 22, 2011 5:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2011 7:24 a.m. EDT

— A Willow Spring man racked up assault, robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and weapons charges Wednesday after police say he used a sawed-off shotgun to assault and rob a man in Fuquay-Varina last week.

According to arrest warrants, police believe Steven Antonio Martin, 18, kidnapped a man, severely beat him with a 12-gauge shotgun and stole his wallet, driver's license, debit card and $150 in cash.

Martin, of 1009 Pansey Hill Lane, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and felony conspiracy.

A shotgun with a barrel length shorter than 18 inches is considered a weapon of mass destruction under state law. Police said Martin's shotgun was sawed off to 15.5 inches.

Police believe Martin conspired with four other people to rob, kidnap and assault the victim, but no other arrests have been made, warrants state. 

Martin was taken to the Wake County jail, where he was being held under a $500,000 bond.

Martin was on probation for November convictions for misdemeanor larceny and seven counts of attempted breaking and entering vehicles, according to state Department of Correction records.