Suspect In McDonald's Attempted Robbery Goes Before Judge

A convicted habitual felon who police say robbed one Greenville restaurant and tried to rob a second one made his first court appearance this morning.

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A convicted habitual felon who police say robbed one Greenville restaurant and tried to rob a second one made his first court appearance this morning.

Joseph Bradshaw of Gates is accused of trying to hold up the McDonald's on East 10th Street just before 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Police were there almost immediately and nabbed the suspect as he walked out of the restaurant.

The Gates County man is also accused of holding up Jimmy Johns Gourmet Subs on Moye Boulevard the night before. In that robbery the man got away with $200 in cash.

Bradshaw, who has 71 convictions on his rap sheet, will continue to be held in the Pitt County jail on a $500,000 bond. His next court date is October 20th.


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Police have charged a Gates County man with the attempted robbery of a McDonald's Restaurant in Greenville yesterday and the robbery of another eatery earlier this week. That man has a lengthy criminal record with 71 convictions dating back to 1984.

Joseph Bradshaw from Gates was arrested after he left the East 10th Street restaurant around 11:00 a.m. Police say they haven't figured out why the 57-year-old man was in Greenville.

It took Greenville police just a matter of seconds to arrive at the robbery at the McDonald's near ECU's campus.

Employees say they crawled out rear windows of the business to safety during the hold-up. Some 10 to 15 people were inside the restaurant at the time.

Police say Bradshaw implied that he had a weapon, though none was found. Sgt. Carlton Williams says the first officer arrived just ten seconds after the first call went out at 10:54 a.m.

For both employees and customers it was a scary few minutes. "I was going out to the car to tell my boyfriend I loved him and that's when the cop told me to get into the bush," said employee Theresa Williams. "And that's when I ran across the street and I looked from across the street and I saw my workers getting out of the back window."

Sgt. Williams says the McDonald's robber matches the description of a robbery suspect in last night's holdup of Jimmy Johns Gourmet Subs on Moye Boulevard. In that robbery the man got away with $200 in cash.

No one was injured in either robbery.

Bradshaw has 71 convictions since 1984 on his rap sheet. The latest show him convicted of being a habitual felon and six counts of felony breaking and entering in 2000. He was released from prison in 2006.

He's in the Pitt County jail on $500,000 bond.
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  • by Chuck on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Here is is the problem. Police catch them & Judges & State laws let them go.With a rap sheet like this This guy should have been in prison a long time ago. Sooner or later someone like this will have a real gun & shoot someone.
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    With 71 convictions, why in the world is he not in prison??????? Our liberal justice system at work again.
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      by uh on Oct 7, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to Enough
      Actually, it's a combination of liberals and conservatives. Conservative minimum sentencing for felony drug convictions means less space and funding for people who commit crimes like this.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011 at 07:57 PM in reply to uh
        You are right. Both sides of the aisle are guilty.
  • by Ryan Location: havelock on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    With 71 CONVICTIONS, he should be six feet under. The man obviously can not be rehabilitated and will not conform to the basic rules of society... Put him down.
  • by World Champion Location: G Vegas on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Why is this guy a bad guy, The Hamburglar has been doing this for years and people love him
  • by wrong mug at WITN- naw never on Oct 7, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    It's starting to get colder at night. He'll get a warm bed, three meals a day, medical/dental care... all for free. He's getting older and is probably tired of living out in the cold.
  • by W.B.Vigilante Location: Greenville,N.C. on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    I can't believe with 71 convictions,("found guilty!")is living out on the streets. I'm sure criminals see the news/newspaper and they know...that they will most likely get off. Which will of course lead to repeat offenses.More and more each day I feel like I have to protect myself and my family.
  • by ECU student on Oct 7, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    this guy is an idiot for trying to rob a place right across the street from a doughnut shop, of course the police are going to arrive in seconds!
  • by booger Location: enc on Oct 7, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Hey moderator, I'm back! Just give a cheeseburger and let him go!
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Oct 7, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    @ I FOUGHT THE LAW, very well said, couldn't have said it any better, we need to get these judges and hot shot lawayers out of here..
  • by Raymond Location: Roanoke Rapids on Oct 7, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    What is this guy doing out walking the streets? Have our judges become wimps? I know the prisons are over crowded but this guy needs to be in one. A rap sheet with over 71 convictions and he is free? Come on judges, quit freewheeling on the bench and get real. The blame for this guys freedom falls with the court system and the poor judges.
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