One man is in custody and two are being sought by police following an armed robbery and seven-mile high speed chase Wednesday evening.
According to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, a person was robbed at gunpoint shortly before 4:51 p.m. in the vicinity of Pine Villa Apartments in Havelock.
The victim called 911 and followed the suspects in their vehicle along McCotter Boulevard until police were on scene.
According to Cyrus, officers then attempted to stop the vehicle on McCotter, but the suspects refused to stop.
A high speed chase ensued on N.C. 101 as three Havelock officers pursued the vehicle all the way to Temples Point Road.
The driver and two occupants stopped their dark blue Nissan Sentra in front of a home at 1002 Temples Point Road and fled into the woods.
Havelock Police chased the men on foot and were able to apprehend one. The man has tentatively been identified as Marvin Lovell Norris Jr., 19, of Havelock.
Cyrus said a hand gun was retrieved from the scene.
Craven County Sheriff’s Deputies were searching a wooded area behind 1002 Temples Point Road for two black men just after nightfall.
Norris was recently in the news for his involvement with the fatal shooting of Demetri Shavar Berry, 28, of Havelock on Nov. 17 at Kelly Park Apartments in Havelock. Norris was not charged in Berry’s death after the district attorney’s found that Norris was defending himself in his own home when confronted by Berry and another man, Marcus Anthony Nunes, 24, of Havelock.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections website, Norris has a record of misdemeanor drug offenses.