Pitt County authorities say they have made three arrests in the death of three workers at the Hustle Mart Sunday night.
Detectives say they have arrested Antwan Anthony of
Bethel, Xavier Shamble of Farmville , and a juvenile who is also from
Farmville. They are facing three counts of murder, three counts of
first degree kidnapping, three counts of robbery with a dangerous
weapon, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The three were brought in for questioning late last night and were formally charged around 10:00 a.m.
The juvenile is in secured custody while the other two are
in jail awaiting a first appearance that will be held Thursday morning.
According to a Pitt County Schools spokeswoman, the
Sheriff's Office informed them that the juvenile suspect is not a
student in their school system.
26-year-old Nabil Almoganahi, 24-year-old David Alawi, and
16-year-old Sam Almoganahi were shot and killed at their family owned
store off Highway 121 during a robbery.
Sheriff Neil Elks says he met with the family to give them
the news first on the arrests. Elks says they believe to have the
shooter in custody. He said the case was solved thanks to hard police
work, community help and tips from CrimeStoppers.
Captain Paula Dance says they are still investigating the case. She says all three suspects played active roles in the murders.
Dance says the family was grateful to hear of the arrest.
19-year-old Shamble was convicted in October 2011 in Pitt
County for selling, buying, or possessing a gun with an altered serial
number, and for carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to eight months in prison. State records show he was released
less than a month ago, on March 12.
When Shamble was 17 years old, he was shot while sitting
on a porch on Myrtle Ave. in Greenville, according to Greenville Police
Anthony, who is 29 years old, has a prior conviction for assault.
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