Armed Robbery Puts Neighborhood On Alert

Some residents of a Beaufort County neighborhood are wondering why deputies kept them from leaving their subdivision for several hours Monday night.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the Travel Store, also referred to as the Mini Mart on River Road was held up around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

People in the Pamlico Village neighborhood say they were stopped by deputies as they drove to their homes during the investigation while visitors were told they could not leave, even several hours later.

Deputies say they spotted the suspected getaway car in the robbery and attempted to pull it over. A chase began down Highway 32 onto Terra Ceia Road. That's when the car ended up in a yard and the three were arrested after a brief foot chase.

Sean Fields II of Belhaven, Markell Barnes of Washington, and Lamar Hawkins, also of Washington, have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting a public officer. Fields is also charged with felony fell to elude arrest.

All three men are in the Beaufort County jail on $80,000 secured bonds.

The sheriff's department says they kept the neighborhood secure for so long because they thought a fourth suspect might have been involved in the robbery.

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  • by Dave Location: washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 02:48 AM
    Some people dont really realize how dangerous it is for law enforcement. I would advise you to keep the negative comments away cause you will need them one day. Let someone put a gun to you and I bet you want talk crap. Who would you call "o I guess law enforcement". We need them. Thanks BCSO.
  • by Bob on Aug 25, 2009 at 02:45 AM
    When you are the person getting a gun pointed in your face take the time to look at it real good to see if you can tell if its real or not, or will you get shot trying to figure that one out. These boys deserve a hard sentence and maybe next time they will think before robbing a store and putting the public and our deputies life in danger.
  • by The Wifey Location: Nc on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    ok noone is perfect so there is no need for any one to judge anybody. they were good guys who made a bad choice and hopefully they learned from there mistakes and i believe they have. so before you want to come out ya face pointin fingers...try thinkin positive first......UGH!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Belhaven on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    The firearm was fake, judge not, etc. etc. They can sort out what brought them to this moment of weakness when they are serving time and cleaning the side of our well as repaying the taxpayers for providing the police to chase their worthless hides.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    You know what, it is nit for any of us to say what should happen to these boys. Judge not lest ye be judged. The firearm was fake and no one was harmed so all that trash and jail talk is uncalled for. You don't know what brought them to that moment of weakness to cause them to do what they did and it is none of your business. Everybody knows teenagers do things that can't be explained some worse than others but still they are boys and need to be treated as such.
  • by Anonymous Location: Belhaven on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    Armed Robbery?? They deserve a strong sentence that puts them away for a long time. I don't care how smart, well off the family was, or who's cousin...any idiot knows better than to do this. At least send a message of what crime like this brings. Throw this trash in jail for a long time.
  • by wary Location: washington on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    You folks crack me up! He was my people, I knowed him from school, etc. Does this mean you get to have a moment in the spotlight too?
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Yes, I'll pray for them, pray they get what's coming to them. Good people make poor choices too and they pay for it too.
  • by Mom Location: Washington on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Don't be so fast to judge this boys you don't know what they have been going thru. Try praying for them 1st! They are really good people, they just made a bad choice.
  • by Marvin on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    More squad car patrols? Don't hold your breath.
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