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Tarboro man sentenced in two robberies

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From Staff Reports

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Tarboro man was sentenced last week in connection with the robbery of a Rocky Mount gas station and a Wendell gun shop in November 2016.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., announced that Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Darricus Diquel Suggs, 23, of Tarboro, to 97 months of in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

On Nov. 21, 2016, Suggs and James Leroy Everette, who previously pled guilty on Jan. 11, 2018, entered the Speedway gas station in Rocky Mount wearing gloves and concealing their faces with shirts or ski masks, according to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Everette immediately jumped over the counter and instructed the clerk to open the cash register, at which time Everette grabbed the cash out of the register.

The victim told investigators that one of the robbers threatened to “blow her head off” if she did not comply. The robbers then fled the scene with $382 in cash. 

Immediately after the robbery of the Speedway gas station, Suggs and his accomplice drove to Wendell, where they broke into Perry’s Gun Shop. Suggs used a cinder block to break through the glass door of the shop and both men entered the business. Suggs and Everette shattered a display case and stole nine Smith and Wesson handguns before fleeing the scene.

Within hours of the burglary, Everette was captured by law enforcement and identified Suggs as his accomplice in the Speedway robbery and burglary of Perry’s Gun Shop.

On Nov. 22, 2016, investigators conducted a search of Suggs’ residence and recovered the firearms stolen from Perry’s Gun Shop. The firearms, along with assorted 9mm and .380 caliber ammunition, were found in Suggs’ bedroom. Suggs was taken into custody and subsequently provided a statement to authorities during which he acknowledged his involvement in the robbery of Speedway. However, Suggs denied entering Perry’s Gun Shop and maintained that he only “peeked” inside the store.

On Dec. 7, 2017, Suggs pled guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

The court concluded that Suggs is responsible for robbing a gas station and stealing nine firearms from a gun shop.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Wendell Police Department conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kurosad handled the prosecution of this case.

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