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Stolen vehicle stop leads to robbery suspect arrest

Posted on January 16, 2022

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A man accused of robbing a Family Dollar at gunpoint Thursday is shown in a store surveillance photo released by the Rocky Mount Police Department.

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A man accused of robbing a Family Dollar at gunpoint Thursday is shown in a store surveillance photo released by the Rocky Mount Police Department.

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ROCKY MOUNT – Keen observation by patrol officers led to the apprehension of an armed robbery suspect.

While on routine patrol Saturday, officers observed a vehicle matching the description of a motor vehicle reported stolen Jan. 6, said Cpl. Ricky Jackson, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Cascade Avenue. A records check by the Rocky Mount Emergency 9-1-1 Center verified that the vehicle was the one reported stolen, Jackson said.

"The vehicle was operated by 23-year-old Jonarius Whitaker," Jackson said. "Two juveniles, 15 and 16, were also inside the vehicle during the traffic stop."

Whitaker informed officers there were multiple firearms inside the vehicle and admitted to stealing the motor vehicle, Jackson said.

The investigation identified Whitaker as a convicted felon, recently released from prison in December.

"Officers searched the vehicle, locating and seizing the firearms," Jackson said. "While searching the vehicle, they discovered clothing matching the description a suspect was seen wearing in video surveillance from the Jan. 13 commercial robbery at Family Dollar on Goldrock Road and a commercial robbery in Edgecombe County."

Williams is accused of holding up the Family Dollar on 1257 Goldrock Road.

"The suspect entered the business, brandished a firearm, and demanded that the clerk remove U.S. currency from the cash register," Jackson said.

Police didn't detail the robbery in Edgecombe County.

Whitaker faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Whitaker received a $68,000 bond. The two juveniles were cited and released.

"The keen observation from the Rocky Mount Patrol officers conducting the traffic stop led to the recovery of a stolen motor vehicle, removed illegal firearms from the possession of a violent offender and apprehended a suspect involved in recent commercial robberies," Capt. Charles Williams, commander of the department's Patrol Services.

This case is one of many other proactive actions the police have taken to ensure a reduction in violent crime in the city, Williams said.

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