Police charge teen in shooting, robbery

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Chrisaun Whitaker


From Staff Reports

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Rocky Mount teenager has been arrested in connection with a Sept. 12 shooting on Cokey Road.

Rocky Mount police on Tuesday arrested Chrisaun Whitaker, 16, of Rocky Mount in connection with the shooting. They said an investigation into the case led them to identify Whitaker as a chief suspect.

Warrants were taken out against Whitaker for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury following the investigation. He was jailed under a $175,000 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center, said Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis.

Police responded to the shooting at 12:05 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Cokey Road Supermarket and Grill at 1408 Cokey Road. Witnesses at the time said a man working inside the store was shot in the hand by a then-unidentified assailant, who fled the scene on foot after the shooting. 

The Edgecombe County Rescue Squad treated the victim at the scene before taking him to Nash UNC Health Care for further treatment for non-life-threatening wounds. Meanwhile, Edgecombe County deputies and Rocky Mount police searched the area around the store with at least one K-9 unit for the assailant. That search ended without an arrest.

Rocky Mount police Cpl. Brad Summerlin said the same day that robbery was believed to have been the motive for the shooting, but did not say at the time if any money was taken. 

Court records do not yet show Whitaker’s next appearance on the charges. N.C. Department of Public Safety records show no previous convictions against him.