Second arrest made in Harpers Glen robbery, kidnapping

By Chris Berendt -
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A second suspect has been arrested in an armed robbery at Harpers Glen apartment complex in Clinton, in which victims were forced to the ground and robbed at gunpoint.

Lykheim Tyshaun Simmons, 23, of 877 Indian Town Road, Clinton, has been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree kidnapping, first degree burglary and larceny of a firearm, as well as possession of firearm by a felon. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond.

Simmons is the second suspect to be charged in connection with the incident. Terrance Lashaun Simmons, 25, of Clive Jacobs Road, Clinton, received the same charges earlier this week and was jailed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $350,000 secured bond.

The charges stem from a robbery Saturday, Oct. 21, at Harpers Glen, the apartment complex located off Overland Road, near Walmart. Following Terrance Simmons’ arrest, Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said police were searching for another “person of interest.”

On Friday, Lykheim was taken into custody on Pine Street.

A report of the robbery was made to police at 6:07 a.m. Oct. 21. A male victim told officers that he went outside to throw out some trash when he was approached first by a male asking for a cigarette, then by a second male holding a rifle. The two suspects confronted the victim, leading him back into his apartment, where his girlfriend and a few other people were staying at the time.

Edwards said there were “four or five” people in the apartment at the time, all of whom were ordered to the ground and told to hand over money, phones and other items.

For Lykheim Simmons, it is the third time in the last month he has been arrested by local authorities. On Sept. 27, he was charged with assault on a female and larceny. On Oct. 9, he received charges of possession of firearm by felon and possession of stolen firearm following a multi-agency operation.

The Clinton Police Department, along with the FBI, the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Special Operations and Intelligence and their Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice division (which includes local probation and parole officers), worked alongside the N.C. State Highway Patrol and the SBI, targeting high-risk offenders in the Clinton community as part of that operation. The goal was to ensure “high-risk offenders” were compliant with the conditions of their probation.

Lykheim Simmons was placed under $20,000 bond for the firearms charges but was subsequently released.

As with Terrance Simmons, Lykheim Simmons’ probationary status is active.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, he has numerous past convictions in Sampson from 2010-16 that include multiple carrying a concealed weapon offenses; speeding to elude arrest; selling, buying or possessing property with fraudulent or altered identification; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has a court date of Nov. 3 to face the charges in the Harpers Glen robbery, as well as the firearms charges from Oct. 9.


By Chris Berendt

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