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Arrest Made In Electronics Store Robbery, Assault

By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman
By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman

An arrest has been made in the case of a Williamston businessman who was assaulted and robbed at his downtown business.

The robbery at Marco Hi-Fi was all caught on surveillance cameras.

Bobby Forrest was charged Saturday with armed robbery and assault and battery. Police say the 17-year-old teen is homeless.

Jimmy Bryant says he was alone in the store last Tuesday when a man walked in and demanded money.

Bryant told WITN News that the man stuck a gun in his side and face and says at that point, he saw his friends walking down the street through his shop window. Bryant says he started calling for help, which startled the robber. He says he was able to knock the gun to the floor, and says when the robber tried to get it back they had a brief struggle, leaving him with a cut on his nose and a sore shoulder.

Forrest is being held on a $50,000 secured bond.


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A 67-year-old Williamston store owner has just a few minor injuries after fighting off a would-be armed robber who struck in the middle of the afternoon Tuesday - and it was all caught on video.

The surveillance video was taken around 3:15 at Marco Hi-Fi company in Williamston. Owner Jimmy Bryant says he was alone in the store when a man walked in demanding money. He says the man stuck a gun in his side and face and says at that point, he saw his friends walking down the street through his shop window. Bryant says he started calling for help, which startled the robber. He says he was able to knock the gun to the floor, and says when the robber tried to get it back they had a brief struggle, leaving him with a cut on his nose and a sore shoulder.

Surveillance video shows the robber leaving, but not before pushing a box of cds onto Bryant - who says he managed to stay calm the entire time.

"I think I did the right thing. Some people say 'don't you think you were taking a chance?' But I think I'd be taking more of a chance if he pushed me down behind the counter on the floor and beat me with the gun or something, you know. When I saw the chance to knock the gun from his hands I did it," said Bryant.

Williamston police are still searching for the suspect, who Bryant describes as being 5' 9" ,160 pounds, and wearing dark pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a red bandanna.

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Police are looking for a man they say tried to rob an electronics store in Martin County Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses say the Marco Hi-Fi store on Washington Street in Williamston was robbed. It's been a downtown staple for many years.

Witnesses say no customers were in the store at the time but the owner was.

Witnesses also say a robber hit him with a gun and the gun was knocked out of the robbers hand.

The would-be robber reportedly ran away on foot.


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