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Three charged in armed robbery

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that took place on Monday at the Kangaroo Express on the 5100 block of Dortches Boulevard.

In a press release distributed on Friday by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said that George Edward Taylor, 30, of Rocky Mount; his brother, Deoantre Markee Taylor, 27, of Winterville; and Deidra Chardelle Battle, 26, of Rocky Mount have been arrested in connection with the crime.

According to the release, the Kangroo Express was robbed about 10:31 p.m. on Monday by two armed gunmen. After the robbery occurred, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office disseminated still images of the suspects to surrounding law enforcement agencies with a request for their aid in identifying the suspects.

Later in the week, the Rocky Mount Police Department was assisting N.C. Probation and Parole officers in what became a warranted search at a residence on the 200 block of South Lee Street where George Taylor and his girlfriend Deidra Battle lived. During the search, police located three firearms that had been reported from a previous break-in in Rocky Mount.

The search also revealed items of clothing that matched those worn by the suspects during the robbery of the Kangaroo Express. Members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division were called in to aid in the search of the property and were able to confirm that the clothing was worn during the robbery, according to the press release.

In addition, an officer with the Greenville Police Department also confirmed the identity of one of the suspects in the pictures as that of Deoantre Taylor, George Taylor’s brother. The other armed suspect in the picture later was identified as George Taylor. Further investigation revealed that Battle was the driver of the suspect vehicle that left the scene.

Both the Taylor brothers were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and were each jailed under $125,000 secured bonds in the Nash County Detention Center. Battle was charged with aid and abet an armed robbery and was placed under a $2,500 secured bond. All three suspects had their first appearance on Thursday in District Court in Nashville.

During the investigation, members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office CID also determined that the trio was responsible for an attempted robbery at the Speedway convenience store in Oak City in Martin County. The three suspects also have been charged with attempted common law robbery in connection with that incident.

“A sincere thank-you goes out to Rocky Mount Police Department, North Carolina Probation and Parole Office and the Greenville Police Department for assisting our investigators in bringing closure to this robbery and possibly solving additional crimes,” Medina said in the press release.