Robbery suspect arrested in stolen delivery car

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Emmanuel Morris


Staff Writer

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A suspect in the armed robbery that took place on Dec. 16 at the Four Points Grocery in Nashville was nabbed Thursday in Greensboro in the vehicle that was stolen from a Dominos delivery driver on New Year’s Day in Rocky Mount.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office released a statement late Thursday saying that members of the Nash County Criminal Investigative Division have been investigating Emmanuel Morris as a suspect in connection with the grocery store robbery. Attempts were made to capture him at several addresses with no results.

But the Sheriff’s Office received several tips on Thursday that Morris had been spotted in Greensboro. Nash County deputies contacted the Guildford County Sheriff’s Office and the Greensboro Police Department for help. Members of the three agencies located Morris at a Walmart  in Greensboro and took him into custody without incident, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a press release.

Morris was in the company of Shiquetta Smith and the two were driving a stolen vehicle when they were taken into custody, Medina said. That vehicle was later identified as the one reported stolen on New Year’s Day during a robbery of a Domino’s delivery driver on Gay Street in Rocky Mount. A firearm also was located inside the vehicle.

Smith, 26, has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, no operators license and child not in rear seat. She was jailed under a $65,000 bond in the Nash County Detention Center.

Emmanuel Marquise Morris, 25, has been charged so far with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, aiding and abetting armed robbery, carrying a concealed gun, possession of a stolen firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two felony probation violations.

Morris is being held under a $435.000 bond in the Nash County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in the N.C. District Court in Nashville.

The charges against Morris do not include any in connection with the New Year’s Day robbery of a 22-year-old Domino’s delivery driver. In that incident, the driver was lured to an address on Gay Street for a fake delivery. As the driver left his car, he was reportedly robbed at gunpoint by a man meeting Morris’s physical description. The suspect then took off with the pizza, the cash, a cell phone, the contents of the victim’s wallet and the driver’s black 2017 Nissan Sentra, which was recovered during Morris’s arrest.

Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said that incident is still under investigation but that Morris will likely face charges related to that crime in the near future.

Medina said that Morris is also a suspect in at least two other area crimes and more charges may be forthcoming from other agencies.