UPDATE: Greenville Police Say Armed Robbery Never Happened


Greenville police will be charging a man with filing a false police report about an armed robbery near Vidant Medical Center.

Police say 44-year-old James Godwin told police he was robbed at knifepoint by two people at the Wells Fargo ATM at 1802 Stantonsburg Rd. in the early morning hours of May 1. It was one of five armed robberies reported that night.

Now police say they've obtained an arrest warrant for Godwin with making a false report to police. Godwin was made aware of the charges against him and agreed to surrender to police Monday. However, police say, Godwin did not show up as promised.

In a press release, Sgt. Joe Friday said, "Making a false report to police ties up already limited police resources. It wrongly alarms the citizens and it gives a wrong impression of crime in the community."

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the other four armed robberies reported the night of April 30 and the morning of May 1 in Greenville.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.



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Police are investigating whether there are any connections between five armed robberies overnight in Greenville, two of those near the ECU campus.

The first robbery happened around 10:15 p.m. the Trade Wilco at 512 SW Greenville Boulevard. A man wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and a blue bandana across his face came into the store and demanded money from the cash register.

The armed man ran away after the robbery, toward the Outback Steakhouse restaurant. Police say a white, mid-1990s Ford Explorer was seen leaving the area.

A surveillance picture of that gunman was released this morning.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are investigating this robbery, and are trying to see if any of the robbery reports from last night are connected.

The next robbery happened around 11:00 p.m. inside an apartment in the Cypress Gardens Apartments on East Tenth Street. Police now say all three had guns.

Police say one victim told them as he was walking into his apartment he was followed by the armed trio. They demanded his wallet and cell phone, as well as taking a 42" flat screen TV, an Xbox system and a laptop.

Two other victims were in a bedroom. The gunmen pointed weapons at them and made off with a computer and an iPhone.

Police say they left in a black Lexus. They are described as:

#1- A black man in his early 20's, approximately 5' 9" and 170-180 lbs., with medium length dreads, a scar on one of his cheeks and wearing all black clothing

#2- A black man in his late 20's to possibly 30, approximately 5'10" with a thin build and 150-160 lbs., dark skin, with a goatee, wearing a black hoodie and khaki pants

#3- A black man in his early 20's, approximately 6' 3" and 210 lbs., light skin, wearing a red and black ball cap, khaki shorts, and red and black shoes.

The third robbery happened at an ATM near Vidant Medical Center around 1:30 a.m.

The victim reported he was getting cash out of the ATM when a man armed with a knife got out of a pickup truck and robbed him of his cash, according to police.

Hours later, Greenville police say a student was held up at gunpoint near campus. The student was robbed on Fifth St. near Rotary around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. Police say three robbers pulled off the crime, one of which had a gun. All three black men were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts along with bandanas.

Police say the three robbers ran from the area.

Another robbery happened an an apartment on East Third Street. Police say two armed robbers took guns from those inside after making them get down on the floor.

Police say no arrests have been made in any of the robberies and no one was hurt. While there were an unusual number of robberies last night, police say compared to this time last year they actually are fewer holdups so far in 2013.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.


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