The girlfriend of a man arrested in a break-in, assault and robbery has now also been charged for her alleged involvement in the Sept. 23 robbery of her neighbor in northern Sampson, even as her boyfriend — already behind bars — received more charges.
Tiffany Alexandria McKoy, 27, of 121 Country Manor Lane, Dunn, was charged with
robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
She was taken into custody Thursday at a residence on Juniper Drive by Sampson County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigators and placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $125,000 secured bond.
Her boyfriend, Terrance Jermaine Smith, 25, of 405 Champion St., Clayton, was charged on Sept. 24 with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure. His bond was initially set at $50,000.
On Thursday, Smith received additional charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Those offenses carried a $100,000 bond, upping his total bond amount to $150,000.
According to initial sheriff’s reports, victim Rafael Flores, 56, of Country Manor Lane, Dunn, was assaulted with a “solid wooden board” in the incident at his residence. The assault was reported at 10 p.m. Sept. 23 and Smith was taken into custody just a few hours later in the early-morning hours Sept. 24.
Flores sustained severe injuries in the assault and was transported to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn for severe injuries that reportedly included broken bones.
“The suspect broke into the residence and assaulted the victim with a 2-by-4, causing severe injuries to the victim,” Lt. Marcus Smith said following the arrest of Smith. “Through the investigation, it was learned from a witness who the suspect was and further investigation established enough probable cause to charge the suspect in the incident.”
Lt. Smith noted at that time that the investigation was still ongoing and more charges were possible.
On Friday, he said that investigators found that the couple “conspired to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon (and) assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury against the victim,” bringing the additional offenses against the two.
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