Roanoke Rapids and Weldon police have issued warrants for a second person wanted in armed robberies in their jurisdictions.
Temon Nathaniel Seward, 17, had lived in Weldon about two years ago, town police Chief Chris Davis said today.
Seward is wanted not only for the armed robbery of Family Dollar in Weldon on September 17 but the September 26 armed robbery of Presto in which a store clerk was shot and the October 2 armed robbery of Bob’s. Both stores in Roanoke Rapids are owned by New Dixie Oil Company.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty said the clerk who was shot continues to recover.
Davis said Seward faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Hasty said in a statement Seward faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, common law robbery and two counts of conspiracy.
It is not clear the areas where Seward may frequent, both Davis and Hasty said this morning.
Both agencies have lodged charges against Joshua Durante, who is currently in custody without opportunity for bond.
Asked whether the robberies could be part of a gang initiation given Durante’s past conviction of criminal street gang activity, Hasty said that and other details in the cases remain under investigation including the relationship between Durante and Seward.
Hasty said getting warrants on Seward and the arrest of Durante was the result of “good investigative work and good proactive police work from (Gaston police) Sergeant (Brian) Simmons who located the suspect vehicle while he was on patrol in Gaston.”
Davis said it was the result “of all departments coming together.”
Seward is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact Roanoke Rapids Investigator Jeff Davis at 252-533-2822, Chief Davis at 252-536-3136 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.