Woman charged in deadly sweepstakes/vape shop robbery

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) - Police have arrested a Rocky Mount woman in connection to a deadly sweepstakes/vape shop robbery.

Washington police today charged Mindy Sullivan, 38, with robbery with a dangerous weapon and first degree kidnapping.

Police Chief Stacy Drakeford says Sullivan stayed on the outside of Player's Vape, while Grant Waters actually robbed the U.S. 264 business.

The 42-year-old Waters, who was also from Rocky Mount, was shot and killed by an employee.

Drakeford says Waters and Sullivan were in a relationship but were not married.

An arrest warrant says Reagan Walker, Joseph Butler, and several other customers were "threatened and endangered."

It says Walker was a hostage and used by Waters as a human shield during the robbery.

The warrant says $735 was taken during the holdup.

Sullivan was jailed on a $150,000 secured bond.

There have been no charges filed against the employee. The chief says that decision will have to be made by the district attorney.


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Police say a Rocky Mount man was shot and killed early Monday as he tried to rob a Washington sweepstakes and vape business.

The deceased man has been identified as 42-year-old Grant Waters.

Police said they were called to Player's Vape on U.S. 264 West around 12:15 a.m. Monday for an armed robbery and shots fired call.

Inside, police found the attempted robber had been shot by an employee of the business who had a concealed weapons permit.

Chief Stacy Drakeford says no charges have been filed as their investigation is ongoing.


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A man who police said was trying to rob an Eastern Carolina sweepstakes and vape business was shot and killed by an employee.

Washington police said they were called to Player's Vape on U.S. 264 West around 12:15 a.m. Monday for an armed robbery and shots fired call.

Inside, police found the attempted robber had been shot by an employee of the business who has a concealed weapons permit.

The would-be robber had no identification and police say they continue to try to identify him.

Police said their investigation is ongoing as they interview witnesses and employees who were inside at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information on this case should call Washington police at 252-946-1444.