Clinton man arrested in robberies

By Chris Berendt -


A Clinton man has been charged in connection with two robberies in as many days, according to Clinton Police Department officials.

Leroy Matthew McCloud, 52, of Beamon Woods Road, Clinton, has been charged with two counts of common law robbery and one count of second degree kidnapping in connection with the incidents.

Uniform patrol officers arrested McCloud during a traffic stop on Morisey Boulevard on Tuesday, recovering a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic pistol, which authorities believe was the weapon used in both crimes.

According to Clinton police, the charges against McCloud stem from the robberies of Rafael Rodriquez, 50, at his Lisbon Street home Saturday and Jilberto Omar Portilo, 24, outside the Tropicana Super Market on Warsaw Road on Monday. Portilo was reportedly robbed in the parking lot of the business, then forced to drive McCloud to the Wells Fargo Bank on Northeast Boulevard to access the ATM machine.

When the two arrived at the bank, Portilo escaped and immediately contacted police, leading to the Clinton Police Neighborhood Improvement Team investigation that subsequently identified McCloud as the main suspect.

Neither Rodriquez nor Portilo were injured in the robberies. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the Rodriquez robbery, authorities said.

McCloud, who has an alternate address in records of Chester Road, Roseboro, is currently being held in the Sampson County Detention Center under $256,000 secured bond.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, McCloud has a long criminal history that includes a laundry list of convictions for forgery, uttering forged instrument, credit card theft, felony breaking and entering and larceny. Records show that McCloud served seven and half years in prison following a 2007 conviction in Sampson which included all of those charges, as well as being a habitual felon.

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By Chris Berendt


Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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