Defendant sentenced in shooting

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Rameik Desean Anderson


From Staff Reports

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Pinetops man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with a shooting into an occupied dwelling in January in Tarboro.

Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced Tuesday in federal court that Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard had sentenced Rameik Desen Anderson, 23, to 96 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Anderson was named in a one count indictment filed on June 15 in relation to an incident that took place on Jan. 4. On Sept.11 Anderson pled guilty to one-count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

According to a statement from the court, the evidence developed during the investigation showed that at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, Anderson fired multiple shots from a 9mm handgun at an occupied residence on the 2200 block of Main Street at Davis Drive in Tarboro. Shortly after fleeing the residence, Anderson was seen by a Tarboro police officer running a red light and traveling at a high rate of speed away from the area.

The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle but Anderson refused to stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Anderson lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a ditch. Anderson then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. He was eventually apprehended and arrested after a K-9 and several officers assisted in searching the nearby wooded area.

Court records indicate there were three other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. All three occupants were interviewed at the crash site and were consistent with their statements that Anderson was driving the vehicle and that they were fleeing the scene of a shooting. Each occupant stated that Anderson pulled up to the residence, exited the vehicle and began firing multiple rounds into the home.

A search of the vehicle recovered a 9mm handgun, which had an obliterated serial number and was later determined to be stolen, and a .38 caliber handgun. Both firearms were loaded with live ammunition. The 9mm was jammed with a spent round lodged into the ejection port of the firearm. Additionally, a spent bullet casing was found on the driver’s side floorboard.

Officers also recovered 11 spent rounds and one unspent 9mm round from the roadway in front of the home. The homeowner and seven other people were in the home at the time of the shooting. However, none of them were injured.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which encourages federal, state and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

The Tarboro Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peggah B. Wilson handled the prosecution of the case.