Clinton teen arrested in robbery case

By: By Chris Berendt -

A Clinton teenager has been arrested in a robbery in which he allegedly pulled a handgun on another teen he was meeting to purchase a semi-automatic rifle, police said.

Devrane Christopher Boykin, 17, of 412 W. Still St., Clinton, has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault by pointing a gun. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond.

He was taken into custody recently at the Dollar General on Southeast Boulevard and served the felony warrants, which stemmed from an incident Aug. 19.

The victim, an-18-year-old Clinton resident, said he had arranged to meet Boykin to sell him an AR-15 rifle. The two had talked about the potential transaction and Boykin asked him to meet near Newkirk Park, according to Clinton Police officials.

On Aug. 19, around 10:30 p.m., the victim went to Newkirk Park with a female acquaintance, also of Clinton. Boykin and another male approached and discussed the AR-15 he was supposedly going to buy. Boykin snatched the weapon from the victim, then pulled a handgun. Boykin reportedly demanded money and phones from both him and his female friend.

After taking the items, he and the other male fled on foot. After the alleged robbery, the two victims drove to Food Lion to report it, police said.

The Neighborhood Improvement Team investigated the incident and subsequently obtained warrants against Boykin. He was located and arrested on Sept. 16, according to reports released at the end of last week.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said. “There may be additional arrests.”

Earlier this month, the police department opened its parking lot to the public to provide a safe location for the purchase, sale or exchange of items. Edwards noted at the time that his department had investigated a handful of incidents in which fraud has been reported, or people robbed of items they intended to sell.

The police lot on Lisbon Street offers another alternative, one centrally-placed and under surveillance, the police chief said then.

Anyone with information on the robbery case is asked to contact the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105 or through the department’s anonymous tipline by texting the tip to 847411 and starting the message with “tipcpd.”

Accused of taking AR-15, phones at gunpoint

By Chris Berendt

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