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by Carrie C. Causey
LOUISBURG — Police have arrested a 24-year-old Louisburg man in connection with a robbery with a deadly weapon last week.
According to a report filed by Deputy J. Maloney, a home invasion was reported on Furney Pearce Road, Zebulon, June 17, at 11 p.m. Two suspects reportedly were armed with handguns and left the scene on foot headed toward Wake County.
The homeowner, who was not hurt in the incident, said he and his family were eating dinner, when two people kicked in the front door. They allegedly held them at gunpoint, demanding guns and money, according to the report.
He and his girlfriend both offered their wallets, with almost $150 in cash combined.
Deputies called in a K-9 officer to help sniff out the suspects, but the trail went cold 100 feet down the road.
Joseph Albert Fowler, 24, 25 Wilders Lane, Louisburg, was later arrested by Capt. E.H. Smith for felony first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon June 19, 12:30 p.m. He was taken to jail on a $55,000 bond.
No other arrests have been made in the incident.
Computers seized in coach investigation
WAKE FOREST — Police have confiscated both personal and work-related computer equipment belonging to Jamie Lloyd Ayers, the Wakefield High softball coach accused of committing three felony counts of sex offense against a student at the same school.
Search warrants show that on May 20, Ayers’ home at 321 Yellow Poplar Ave., Wake Forest, was searched, with a single Dell desktop computer impounded.
Three days later on May 23, Ayers’ work computer, a Lenovo Thinkcentre, Lenovo laptop and numerous documents were also seized.
The warrants listed as probable cause that the alleged victim had filed a report with the Raleigh Police Department on May 20, claiming that Ayers, 42, had had a sexual relationship with her for several years. Additionally, the victim stated that Ayers had been known to “track, pursue or watch her through social media.”
Ayers was arrested May 20 and initially held on a $50,000 bond. The judge, however, increased bail to $100,000 after hearing evidence from Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger. According to jail records, Ayers is out on bond.
Ayers next court appearance is July 24.
Armed robbery thwarted
FRANKLINTON — An A-1 Food Mart employee reported an attempted armed robbery Saturday night at 12:35 p.m.
The employee said a man, identified as David Jeffrey Shearon, 45, Balls Way, Franklinton, entered the store and demanded money.
Shearon allegedly threatened to kill the employee and then put a hand in his pocket, implying he had a gun.
Shearon took off walking, according to the report filed by Sgt. Dwayne L. Collins. It doesn’t state whether or not he received any money.
He was apprehended within hours and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was taken to jail on a $20,000 bond.
Robber chokes victim
ZEBULON — After being invited to a friend’s house, a man who just got out of prison choked and robbed a resident on Herbert Drive Saturday night.
According to a report filed by Deputy K. Perry, the resident stated he invited a friend over who had been in prison and the friend brought someone else the victim didn’t know.
When the victim opened the door to leave, the second man allegedly came up behind him, grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the ground. The assailant then allegedly took everything from his pocket, including oxycodone pills, a wallet with nearly $200 in cash and other items.
The suspects were unable to be located.
— Editor Clellie Allen contributed to this report.