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6 charged with kidnapping, robbing man

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SHARPSBURG — Authorities say six people kidnapped, robbed and beat a man when he arrived at a rural Wilson County home to meet a woman after exchanging Facebook messages with her.

Suspects in the Wednesday morning robbery were arrested Thursday when sheriff’s deputies found them with a car that had been reported stolen from the Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, according to Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel.

The victim, a 25-year-old man, had communicated with a woman on Facebook and arranged to meet her at a home on the 9000 block of County Line Road just outside the Sharpsburg town limits. Samuel said he was attacked when he showed up around 9:15 a.m.

“He reported to deputies that he was pulled from his vehicle, taken inside the abandoned residence, held at gunpoint and beaten by the suspects,” Samuel said in a news release.

Deputies say the assailants robbed the man of his cellphone, $25 in cash and a prepaid debit card with a balance of $287. He was beaten and held at gunpoint for at least 20 minutes before being released.

Samuel said one of the victim’s eyes was bleeding and his face was swollen after the attack. He drove to the Sharpsburg Police Department to report the kidnapping and robbery.

The following day, deputies were dispatched to a home on the 8100 block of Town Creek Road northeast of Elm City where the stolen car had been spotted. Deputies surrounded the home and took six people — including a 14-year-old and 15-year-old who are not named because they are juveniles — into custody.

Samuel said deputies “ were able to identify the suspects in possession of the stolen vehicle as the suspects involved in the armed robbery that occurred on County Line Road.”

Jessie Lamont Jenkins Jr., 26, of 125 B. St. in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana.

Diamond Bullock, 17, of 715 Kenan St. in Wilson, faces charges of kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana.

Telyzuan Jakeith Hawkins, 20, of 107 Martin Luther King Jr. Circle in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Karson Bailey Saunders, 17, of 9052 Brookfield Drive in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana.

Each of the two juveniles faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana.

Jenkins, Bullock, Hawkins and Saunders each received a $110,000 secured bond, and all four were booked into the Wilson County Detention Center. The 14-year-old and 15-year-old suspects were taken to the Pitt Regional Juvenile Center in Greenville.

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