Four suspects who allegedly shot at a homeowner after attempting to break into his storage buildings were arrested in the early-morning hours Thursday when law enforcement officers responding to the report of gunshots spotted them scaling a fence at Big Pawn, Clinton Police officials said.
The four people arrested were Jah’sia Harley, 17, of Neuse Wood Drive, Raleigh; Marcus Hunt, 17, of Neuse Landing Lane, Raleigh; Romar Bartee, 22, of Stag Trail, Wendell, N.C.; and Amate Chavez Dawes, 21, of Wilson.
At 2:08 a.m. Thursday, Clinton Police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Butler Avenue and Kennedy Street. While on the way to the area, Clinton Police officers and Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies saw several males climbing the fence near Big Pawn, at 357 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said.
Officers detained the males at the business and, while investigating this activity, the victim who was shot at, Joel Faison, of East Butler Avenue, pulled up. Faison told officers that the males attempted to break in to two of his storage buildings and when he confronted them, they shot at him. Faison was not injured in the incident.
Officers recovered two Glock 9mm handguns in the area of the arrest, with one of them being stolen from Wake County. They also seized a blue bandana, a black latex glove and a black cotton glove, reports indicate.
Bartee and Dawes were each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of stolen firearm and possession of firearm by felon. Harley and Hunt were each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Additionally, Bartee was served a warrant for outstanding probation violations out of Wake County. Harley received an additional count of possession of a stolen firearm and was served an order for his arrest out of Durham on a count of marijuana possession.
Bartee was placed under $150,000 secured bond, while Dawes received a bond of $100,000. Secured bonds on Harley and Hunt were set at $76,000 and $75,000, respectively.
Bartee has a history of convictions in recent years on charges of breaking and entering and larceny in Mecklenburg, Guilford and Wake counties, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Court records show Dawes was convicted last year of possession of drugs and stolen goods in Wake County.
Dawes’ sentence was suspended in that case, but he was given two years probation, a status that is still active. Bartee’s probationary status is also active, stemming from a felony conviction of obtaining property by false pretenses in Guilford in 2016. His sentence was suspended in favor of two and a half years probation, the NCDPS database states.
All four had their first appearance in Sampson County Court on Friday.
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