FIRST ON WITN: Identical Twins Wanted In Williamston Arrested

Both of the identical twins wanted for armed robbery in Williamston are now in custody.

Charles Houck, 39, of Jamesville and his brother Michael Houck of Plymouth. Charles Houck was arrested Sunday night after an attempted hold-up of the Shamrock Restaurant in Williamston, but Michael was on the run. That is, until 3 p..m on Tuesday. Officials at the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail say that's when Michael Houck was booked. He's being held on a $150,000 bond.

Police say the twins robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy in Williamston on Saturday night before their hold up Sunday at the Shamrock.



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Lawmen say that two identical twin brothers are responsible for a drug store robbery, and attempted robbery of a restaurant. One of the men is in custody, the other on the run.

Williamston police say that 39-year-old Charles Houck of Jamesville and his brother Michael Houck of Plymouth, robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Saturday night. Police say the two entered the pharmacy with a knife and demanded money, before running away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The next night, about the same time, police say the twins went into the Shamrock Restaurant with a knife and demanded money again. The two ended up running away, with employees catching up to Charles Houck, and holding him until police arrived.

Houck was charged with attempted robbery of the Shamrock, armed robbery of Rite Aid, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. His bond was set at $100,000.

Michael Houck is still on the loose.


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We're expecting to learn more today about the attempted robbery at the Shamrock Restaurant in Williamston in Martin County. Officials say one person is in custody, after people at the restaurant apprehended him.

Officials said the attempted hold up was reported around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Two men, one reportedly with a large knife, tried to rob the well-known restaurant, which is on West Blvd. in Williamston. Officials say the people in the restaurant "chased down" one of the suspects, while the man who had the knife got away.

There are no reports of injuries.

The name of the suspects have not been released. We'll bring you more details as soon as they're available.


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  • by Funny Location: Martin co on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
    They look like the "Pep Boys" lol....couple of worthless terds.
  • by Someone Who Knows Location: Williamston on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    Regina, Angel, and Sisters; could you please contact me. I have some updated information for you.
  • by baseball Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Not suprised at all!!!! I went to school with these guys. They were idiots then and they're idiots now. What a waste....
  • by @leeel Location: enc on Feb 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    Whaaat? What have you been smokin??? WITN has shown their pics numerous times as well as other news outlets! What rock you been hinding under?? And my exsperience with a lot of homeschoolers is they r trying to hide something from everyone or don't educate them like they should gives the people who do homeschool like they should a bad name! Considering the background of the father AND mother maybe this is something that should b checked out....so once again this child isn't dealt a short hand or made to suffer anymore. There's more than meets the eye for those of you who don't know the rest of Charles lil family! As a teacher it saddens me many families us homeschool as a way of making Sure the child doesn't say the wrong thing or from someone seeing something they don't want seen!!
  • by leeel Location: el paso tx on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
    Not one brother but two bad apples ,Martin co.or should I say WilliaMSTON NC.where are the pictures of the twin.So everyone can see them .they must Not be Black.Right
  • by Kelly Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    Since there was not a Reply button to the post from Anonymous regarding the age of the named "child". Yes, the 18 yr old is legally considered an adult. But, as a previous poster commented, he is still in public school & subject to ridicule from other students and other children in the community. Children can be cruel & obviously, they can be just as cruel as adults. I repeat that 18 year old is in school. As opposed to the other mother's children I have heard that the youngest child is "home-schooled"... therefore, SHE will not be subjected to ridicule from other children (as her mother is already sheltering her from that type of environment). It all still comes down to lack of common sense. Yes, she did have all of those remarks removed. And I appreciate that she finally decided to "take the high road" in this situation. But, my nephew's name never should have been listed in HER comments whatsoever. My sister chooses to stay off of this site & is handling this situation for her son in her own way. Angel had no right to "defend" my nephew or my sister without discussing that with my sister in the first place. Now, please people... will you move on to the next sensational story to gossip about & let this go? Thank you for your consideration.
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      by Her Sister on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:25 AM in reply to Kelly
      I am the sister of the "other mother"-the one who realized her mistake in naming the 18 year old child who is still in school. Many, including my sister, have demonstrated how wrong that was. So please let's just all let that go. But you are so wrong about my sister's daughter being "sheltered" just because she is homeschooled. Her daughter had indeed already been subjected to public pain and ridicule by both other children as well as insensitive adults. Yes, kids can be crues-but as we are seeing and as you said as well, so can adults. My sister and her kids live in the real world too--you are obviously not familiar with what it really means to homeschool. Her daughter is around other children constantly, so no--her daughter has not been sheltered at all. In fact the precious child is having tremendous problems with all this. My sister's eldest child is also--not in the same way as the other brother's son--still being treated abusively by peers nonetheless and he also is in a lot of pain. And he doesn't have his mother's constant presence to help him. The simple truth is, that all these children are suffering enormous pain and ridicule for the mistakes of the fathers. And I agree we should all just drop this. I also agree this is all rooted in lack of common sense--the common sense of all the other people who are continuing to post up here and be disrespectful and insensitive to all the families involved in this. You are also right that my sister did not have any "right" to defend any other person except those in her household--she has proven that she agrees with that as well. So why not let us all do as you suggested and let this go so each branch of the family can deal with all this and the fallout, and hopefully all can find some peace? My branch of the family is praying for your branch of the family as well, and let us try to show a unified front now and just pray all this stops for all our sakes, ok?
  • by Ur Location: Learning on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    THANKS!!
  • by Ur Ignorant Location: Shouldn't be surprised on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    REALLY? You still haven't corrected your error on this headline? Sad, sad. You're "journalists" and I use that term loosely, as you apparently didn't do well in your English classes and yet you still have a COMMUNICATIONS job. LEARN HOW TO WRITE AND SPEAK CORRECTLY! Geesh. (Dare you to post this.)
  • by @anonymous Location: enc on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    Why do u keep bringing this up?? She NEVER named her own kids!the only other names she said was that of other posters. So please let's leave her alone!She hs enough to deal with now. If u know so much why don't u ask her? And the child in question is still in school and subject to picking and ridicule oviously u don't have kids or u would know how damaging this could really b.Bless her heart she herself as a mother even realized her mistake and did a great deed and her as well as WITN tried to fix it. Once again u oviously don't have all ur facts straight. And I would like to publically commend Angel and WITN for trying to make it better! People r slamming WITN and they r the ONLY ones who have said nothing other than a truthful new story!Sticking with them as my favorite news station and God bless and praying for everyone.Just please people don't post what u don't know to b exact truth!!It can cause damage to truley innocent people as well as making the poster look ignorant.
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      by Her Sister on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM in reply to @anonymous
      Yes, she did name her own kids--I saw it. And yes, she named the other 18 year old child by name as well--which she and others have said was WRONG. She even admitted that herself and took steps to show remorse. No one has said that the other 18 year old child was not in school, and that is one of the main reasons she should not have mentioned the child by name. We have all admitted the mistake on her part. But she did name her kids. Many people saw that post before she took them all down.
  • by donovan Location: willeomston nc on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    i eat ther all the time i am teen years old and i always carry a pocitnife with me incase somthing like that ever happins those pepol must be losers
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