Deputies Arrest Second Suspect In Lenoir County Robbery

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Deputies have arrested a man they call their "second robber" in a hold-up where shots were fired at the fleeing store owner.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says Linwood Hagans of Goldsboro was arrested early Tuesday morning.

The 23-year-old Hagans has been charged with the November 25th robbery at the North Lenoir Community Mart.

After being brought to Lenoir County, Hill says Hagans confessed to his part in the robbery.

The store owner was shot at as he ran from his store, but wasn't hit.

Deputies last week arrested Emmanuel Gardner for that robbery, as well as another one in Lenoir County, and a robbery and an attempted burglary in Greene County.

Hill says surveillance video supports information that Gardner shot at the owner, while Hagans scaled the store counter and stole the money.

Hagans was jailed on a $65,000 bond.

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A man accused of an armed robbery spree in two counties went before a judge Friday morning.

Lenoir County deputies say Emmanuel Gardner of Kinston was arrested Thursday after they found a hidden coffee can that contained masks and the gun believed used in the robberies.

The 32-year-old man is charged with the November 25th armed robbery at the North Lenoir Community Mart where the owner was shot at while trying to escape. Deputies say Gardner and another man later that same night or early the next morning tried to break into Lewis Food Mart outside of Farmville in Greene County.

Then on December 1st, the Fast Break in Snow Hill was robbed at gunpoint. Finally, on December 10th, Crossroads Grocery in Lenoir County was held up by the same two men.

Two weeks ago, Gardner was identified as a person of interest in the robberies.

Thursday morning, as deputies were preparing warrants against Gardner, Sheriff Chris Hill was driving in the area of the man's home and spotted his vehicle which drove to a newly constructed overpass. The vehicle stopped, and Hill says he saw Gardner leave from under the overpass and go back home.

Gardner was soon arrested at his home, while a K-9 unit and his partner searched the area around the overpass and found the coffee can hidden in a drain tile.

A Lenoir County judge gave the man a court-appointed attorney and kept his bond at $1.1 million. His next court date is January 22nd.

Gardner is charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted first degree murder, second degree kidnapping, attempted breaking or entering and three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputies continue to identify the second man in the robberies.

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