Two teenagers have been arrested and two more suspects with histories of robbery convictions locally are being sought in connection with an incident of kidnapping and armed robbery at the Days Inn in Clinton earlier this week.
Clinton Police have issued warrants on Devrane Christopher Boykin, 18, of Still Street, Clinton, on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping, and Brent Antwain McCollum, 26, of McKoy Street, on a charge of conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Jason Sylvester Scrivner Jr., 18, of Church Road, Clinton, and Daniel Cameron Cuevas, 18, of Hobbton Highway, Newton Grove, have already been charged in the incident.
Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Eustacia Fisher and Jimmy Fisher of New York were robbed at gunpoint at the Days Inn on Southeast Boulevard.
”They had invited several males into their room to look at purchasing some pocketbooks and clothing items that the couple had for sale,” Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said. “The males then pulled out a handgun and robbed the two of the pocketbooks and clothing items, jewelry, credit cards and cash.”
No one was reportedly injured in the robbery.
Investigators with the Clinton Police Department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team (NIT) responded to the scene and were able to positively identify four of the five individuals involved in the robbery, Edwards said.
Two of them, Scrivner and Cuevas, have been arrested, while warrants were issued for Boykin and McCollum.
Scrivner has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by felon, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and first degree kidnapping. Cuevas received charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first kidnapping.
Scrivner and Cuevas were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under secured bonds of $350,000 and $250,000, respectively.
According to records accessed through the N.C. Department of Public Safety database, Scrivner was just convicted in March of possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance and felony breaking and entering in Sampson County stemming from incidents in February 2018 and May 2017, respectively. He was given a suspended sentence on both counts and four years of probation in total, making his current probationary status active.
Both Boykin and McCollum have histories of robbery convictions in Sampson.
Boykin was convicted of two counts of common law robbery in February and given two years of probation, stemming from an August 2017 incident. That case was also investigated by the Clinton Police’s NIT officers.
In that case, a teenage victim 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. When there, Boykin snatched the weapon from the victim then pulled a handgun on him, demanding money and phones from both him and his female friend.
McCollum was convicted in 2013 of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary and conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in Sampson. He was additionally convicted of malicious conduct by prisoner, stemming from an incident on the day of his 2013 conviction, court records show.
He served more than two years in prison. Following his release, he had his post-release privileges revoked in August 2016 and served another eight months in prison. He was released in April 2017. A recent mugshot of McCollum was not readily available.
Anyone with information regarding the Days Inn incident or the whereabouts of the individuals being sought may contact the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105 or through the department’s anonymous tipline by texting 847411 and beginning the message with tipcpd.
Managing Editor Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 2587.