Two suspects are accused of robbing a person in separate instances, but with each case allegedly involving an attack, authorities said and records show.

Tracy Askew, 58, is charged with feloniously committing common law robbery on Dec. 19 by assaulting Charles Blount in the 1000 block of Star Street in the Happy Hill area, a City of Rocky Mount spokesman said.

Officers responded at 6:43 p.m. and found out Askew and Blount had been arguing when Askew began assaulting Blount and took money from him, the spokesman said.

Askew is accused of taking $50 from Blount, Nash County court records said.

Bond for Askew was set at $5,500 secured and he made bail the same day he was arrested, the court records said.

The court records also said Askew is charged with feloniously committing breaking or entering and larceny and with committing misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, all on Nov. 13.

Askew is accused of stealing a catalytic converter worth $250 from JR Auto Sales in the 300 block of South White Street in Whitakers, the records said.

Askew also is charged in Nash County with driving while his license was revoked and driving with a revoked tag as a result of having been stopped on Jan. 4 by Sharpsburg police.

Statewide judicial system records also said Askew is charged in Martin County with speeding, driving while his license was revoked, driving without having a vehicle inspection or after the inspection expired and driving with an altered or fictitious registration or tag.

In the other robbery case, Cooper Clough, 24, is charged with feloniously committing common law robbery on Dec. 27 by taking a cell phone from Amanda Cardenas in the 200 block of Braswell Street in the Falls Road area, the city spokesman said.

Officers responded at 9:13 a.m. and found out Cardenas and Clough had been arguing when Clough assaulted Cardenas and took the cell phone, the spokesman said.

The cell phone was worth $1,100, Nash County court records said.


Bond for Clough was set at $10,000 unsecured, the court records said.

Common law robbery occurs when someone forcibly takes property from another person by using intimidation, threats or force.

Nash County court records also said Clough is charged with committing attempted common law robbery by trying to take money from Linwood Bethea on Aug. 15 and with feloniously committing breaking or entering of a building in the 200 block of Braswell Street on Sept. 15.

Statewide judicial system records also said Clough is charged in Edgecombe County with committing misdemeanor larceny.

Askew had listed an address in the 1400 block of Humphrey Street.

Clough had listed an address in the 200 block of Braswell Street and also had listed addresses in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue and the 1100 block of Star Street.

Askew has a record in the criminal courts system going back nearly three decades.

State Public Safety records said Askew was convicted in 2015 in Nash County for intimidating a witness and in 2008 in Gates County for driving while his license revoked.

The public safety records also said Askew was convicted in 1995 in Hertford County for possessing illegal drugs.

The public safety records also said Askew was convicted in 1985 in Bertie County for assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon and in 1981, also in Bertie County, for uttering a forgery.

Clough also has been in the criminal courts system before, with the public safety records saying he was convicted in 2018 in Nash County for communicating threats.