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Michael Sharkeem Wilson

Two Rocky Mount men charged, two sought in Greenville robbery

By Brie Handgraaf

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Two Rocky Mount men have been arrested and two others are wanted in connection with a weekend robbery near East Carolina University in Greenville.

Michael Sharkeem Wilson, 21, was charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon on educational property, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and simple assault. He was jailed in Pitt County under a $500,000 secured bond.

Anthony Lee Pittman Jr., 20, was charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon on educational property. Warrants for the same charges were obtained against Rowainto Watson, 19, and Travon Rice, 17. Pittman was jailed in Pitt County under a $400,000 secured bond.

Greenville police Sgt. Joe Friday Jr. said a 20-year-old university student was walking around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of East Fifth Street and Trustee’s Way in Greenville when four men approached him. According to police reports, Wilson threatened the victim with a revolver before running away with the man’s cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money.

A description of the suspects was distributed among officers and police working downtown reportedly saw four men matching the description in a vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, police said. Friday said the officers saw cocaine in the car and searched it, reportedly finding a red hooded sweatshirt worn by Wilson, the handgun and the victim’s items.

Wilson was charged and Pittman was detained on outstanding warrants before officers charged him Sunday for his role in the robbery, according to a press release. Watson and Rice were released before the charges were brought and police are asking the public for help in their apprehension.

Friday said the case is under investigation and more charges might be forthcoming. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 758-7777.