UPDATE: Suspect Surrenders After Alleged Kidnapping

A suspect has turned himself into police, accused in a kidnapping where the would-be victim shot one of the other suspects.

Nash County lawmen say Justin Shaw surrendered to Rocky Mount Police Wednesday. Deputies say he was one of the men who tied up Spencer Cockrell at his Nash County home Monday and demanded money.

The other suspected kidnapper, Jesus Pryor, was shot by Cockrell after he was able to free himself. Pryor was still listed in stable condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital Wednesday night, according to lawmen. Aarion Dickens is also charged in the crime and facing new charges today of armed robbery.



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One man is in the hospital after deputies say he helped tie up a man and his wife during a robbery at their Nash County home. Deputies say the homeowner shot the suspected kidnapper twice.

Deputies say Jesus Pryor and Justin Shaw waited for Spencer Cockrell to come home Monday. At gunpoint they demanded money, and while waiting for Cockrell's wife to come home, they tied up the husband.

Deputies say when the wife came home they held her and gunpoint and also demanded money. Investigators say Shaw stole one of their vehicles while Pryor tried to disable the couple's phone lines.

As this was happening, Cockrell was able to get free, find a gun and went outside. Deputies say Cockrell shot at Pryor, hitting him in the arm and buttocks.

According to deputies, Pryor ran and was later caught. He's in Pitt County Memorial Hospital in stable condition and deputies say he'll be charged upon release.

Deputies also arrested Aarion Dickens, who they say drove the two men to the couple's home. He's facing two counts of second degree kidnapping and first degree burglary.

They're still searching for Shaw on similar charges. The sheriff's office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Shaw's arrest.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    WITN, what was exactly wrong with my comment that you didn't post it, yet you posted the last comment "Posted by: the scary thing is on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:31 PM the robber will probably sue the homeowner for shooting him! i say if you have to shoot a bad guy, do it in a way he will never repeat the crime again!" IS THIS NOT PROMOTING SHOOTING TO KILL?
  • by the scary thing is on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    the robber will probably sue the homeowner for shooting him! i say if you have to shoot a bad guy, do it in a way he will never repeat the crime again!
  • by CCW Holder on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    More and more people are going to start shooting intruders. Too bad he didn't really hurt/kill him. He'll be put back on our streets soon.
  • by Noneya Location: IBX on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    Yes, Yes, Yes !!! Hooray for Mr. Cockrell for defending his life, his wife's life, and their property. Once these low-lifes stole the car, the next move they made could have been to rape Mrs. Cockrell, murder both, and leave them for dead. Mr. Cockrell, you are a hero for what you did. I only hope that if I were put in this same situation, I could get to my gun too.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Good for Mr. Cockrell.Job well done.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 2, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Right on! Another homeowner strikes back! The sad thing is he will probably be charged for assault with a deadly weapon at least, with intent to kill is possible. A jury should never vote to convict the homeowner if they are fed up with crime as most people.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 2, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Shaw I hope you have eyes in the back of your head, run boy run, look out there is a police car, you can run but you can't hide forever. I bet they were just out having a little fun and ment no harm.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Good for him...but, home invasions rarely happen to folks that aren't involved in some sort of shady business. This may turn out to be one of those rare instances, but I'll hold off calling this guy a victim until the investigation is complete.
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