Shooting And Attempted Robbery Suspects To Appear In Court

Four people accused in a shooting and attempted robbery in Pitt County will make their first court appearances Monday.

Hakiem Ruffin, Armani Newkirk, Christopher Williams and Talaya Lucas will have their first appearances in Pitt County District Court. The Pitt County Sheriff says a fifth suspect is involved, but his name is not being released because he is 15 years old.

Officials say the suspects tried to rob a person inside a car in Grimesland near the intersection of Ariel Dr. and Silverado Dr. on September 10. A 15-year-old was shot during the carjacking, but survived.



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Pitt County deputies have arrested five people who they say were involved in shooting and attempted robbery at a mobile home park in Grimesland last weekend.

Hakiem Ruffin, Armani Newkirk, Christopher Williams, Talaya Lucas, and a 15 year old male have been arrested and charged with Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury, Shooting Into An Occupied Vehicle Causing Serious Injury Attempted, Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office the shooting happened on September 10 near the intersection of Ariel Drive and Silverado Drive in Grimesland.

Deputies say four people were inside a vehicle near that intersection when a group attempted to rob a juvenile that was inside the car. Deputies say the driver of the vehicle accelerated to avoid being robbed, but one of the suspect's shot into the vehicle. They say a 15-year-old male was shot and transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.


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  • by silverado on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    IT DID NOT HAPPEN ON ARIEL DR AGAIN LEARN THE FACTS
  • by B Location: Pinetown on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    "if it was me" "if it wasn't me" ..well obviously it isn't you or you wouldn't be sitting here condemning four people who have yet to be proven guilty by 12. last i checked only God can judge, what gives you the right to come up here and put them down? that just shows you are no better than they are apparently. it's easy for all of you to sit behind a computer screen and feel safe :).
  • by smh on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    trying to be the coolest , free laylay
  • by sleep (btown) Location: 252 raised,but reside in the 919 on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    first of all yall dont know none of these kids hearts,everybody goes through something in their life so quit judging people like you opinion matters because it dont. Get a life and they children so why are yall talking about there parents they aint youre keeps so keep your thoughts in your head cause you sound ridiculous #free laylay
  • by Malik Location: Washington on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Free Talaya Lucas
  • by like on Sep 18, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    Being in the wrong place ??? Sorry but today you need to know where you are. Dont even let them think of robbing me. It is time for people to protect themselves from these evil people. Also from what I have read someone needs to go back to school. Where are the parents of the kids, in prison?
  • by Delighted on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    My comment has been deleted.
  • by Hold Up Location: Washington on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    First of all yall need to watch ya mouth. One of these young men is my nephew and there is a such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thats why u always encourage the youth to watch who they hang around not down talk em like some of yall are doin. What if it was one of your family members how would u feel?
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      by How Would I Feel? on Sep 18, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Hold Up
      Ashamed! But I guess that's beyond your capabilities.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:13 PM in reply to Hold Up
      It's amazing to me how so often a "relative" of the accused always seems to pop up on here making some petty threat or lame excuse justifying their actions.
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      by Miranda on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:47 AM in reply to Hold Up
      If it was one of my family members I would be too ashamed of their actions to defend them on a public forum! Apples don't fall far from the tree! I wonder if any of the other defendants are using his excuse...it wasn't me...but it sure was someone wasn't it? You should not be sticking up for family when they act like this! Support them, but don't stick up for them!
  • by swamp Location: washington on Sep 17, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    It's you
  • by T Maxx Location: G-vegas on Sep 17, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    Well here we go again, four more felony. Its simply madness. I hope justice is sure and swift.
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