Two men who allegedly robbed a North Carolina seafood restaurant were taken into police custody shortly after the incident in a car dealer's parking lot. Media sources report that off-duty officers responded to the robbery call that was received on Saturday, Nov. 16 around midnight. Sources say that the men are now facing multiple criminal charges in connection with the case.
A 27-year-old man, who is facing charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, received a $75,000 bond. The other man, who is 20 years old, received a $500,000 secured bond after being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center in conjunction with these charges and charges against him stemming from a previous armed robbery at an auto parts store. In that incident, a female employee was reportedly raped.
The alleged restaurant robbery took place at at 533 N. McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. According to police, an employee was deceived by the two men into opening the door of the establishment for them. Once inside, the men demanded money from that person.
North Carolina residents who find themselves accused of a crime such as armed robbery could find it beneficial to seek legal advice at their earliest opportunity. The quick identification of a defense strategy that could be employed in a case such as this could possibly result in lesser charges and penalties as well as give the prosecution less time to prepare its own case. Although all of the facts of this case have not been disclosed by sources, common defenses that might be explored could include bias and if the employee acted in a manner during the incident that might encourage that party to assert their Fifth Amendment Privilege in the courtroom.
Source: WSAV, "2 arrested, charged in Fayetteville Red Lobster robbery", November 18, 2013