Shooting suspect charged with assault, witness intimidation

By: By Chris Berendt -

A Clinton man arrested in the shooting of another in Dogwood Circle two years ago has now been charged with assault offenses and witness intimidation in that case, as well as failing to appear in court to face the original felony charges, according to reports.

Robert Andrew Daquan Williams, 24, whose listed address is 406 Royal Lane, Apt. B, was charged with failure to appear on charges of common law robbery, discharging firearm in city limits and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, as well as failure to appear on a charge of possession of controlled substance on prison/jail premises.

Additionally, Williams was charged with intimidating witness, stemming from a warrant dated Dec. 16, 2016; common law obstruction of justice, on a warrant dated Dec. 20, 2016; as well as assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon with minor present, stemming from warrants dated April 1, 2017.

Williams was charged Sunday, May 28, after Clinton police took him into custody at a residence on Byrd Street. His bond was set at $580,000 secured.

He was initially arrested on charges of robbery and attempted murder in the April 7, 2015, shooting of Keasto Rashod Loftin, then 28, of Clinton.

Loftin was found inside a Dogwood Circle apartment with a single gunshot wound. Investigation by the Clinton Police Neighborhood Improvement Team showed that the victim was robbed at gunpoint and a struggle ensued during the robbery. The victim was shot one time and the suspect fled the area on foot, considered armed and dangerous.

Williams was taken into custody by Raleigh Police Department, acting on information provided by Clinton Police, just two days later, on April 9. He was driving the vehicle used to flee Clinton and a firearm was seized, authorities said.

Williams, whose listed address was on Turkey Highway at the time, was subsequently charged with common law robbery, discharging a weapon within the city and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was released on bond and failed to appear on the charges on Nov. 7, 2016, and Jan. 3, 2017, acting Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said.

“While out on bond in December 2016, he allegedly harassed the victim in the shooting and was charged with intimidating a witness and obstruction of justice,” Edwards stated.

Orders for arrest were issued for the failure to appear offenses on Jan. 12, 2017.

“On April 1, 2017, he was involved in an incident in Dogwood Circle, during which he reportedly assaulted two people, one of which was threatened with a weapon. Warrants were issued for those offenses,” Edwards stated.

He was not arrested on any of those charges until May 28, when officers received an anonymous tip that he at the Byrd Street residence.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Williams was convicted in a separate Sampson County case in October 2013 of discharging firearm into occupied property, possession of firearm by felon and obtaining property by false pretense. Court records show that Williams served close to a year and a half in prison, released in March 2015, just a month before the Dogwood Circle shooting.

Williams was subject to post release revocation following the arrest in the Dogwood Circle incident, and ultimately served nearly 10 months in prison, released in late January 2016.

Dogwood Circle is located off of Barden Street, which extends down to the Sampson Center gym on one end of Barden and busy Fayetteville Street on the other end, a stone’s throw from downtown Clinton and Sunset Avenue School. The Clinton Police Department just opened a substation there, with the aim to open lines of communication with residents and cut down on crime by visitors.


By Chris Berendt

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