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EC man gets 9.5 years for armed robbery in Edenton

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From staff reports

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An Elizabeth City man has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for charges connected to the armed robbery of people outside a check-cashing business in Edenton last year.

Rasheen Jerome Arnold, 24, was sentenced on Tuesday to a total of 114 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a press release.

Arnold pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon on Jan. 22, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to the press release, Arnold approached several people outside the Friendly Check Cashing office in Edenton on April 25, 2018, demanding that they give him money. When they told him they didn't have any money, he pulled a firearm from his pocket and claimed he would kill them if they did not comply with his demand.

One person went in the check-cashing business and returned with $12, the press release states. Arnold told the person that wasn't enough and demanded more.

Returning inside the business, the person called 911 and reported he was being robbed.

When Edenton police responded, Arnold fled on foot but was apprehended after a brief foot chase. He was arrested after a firearm was recovered from his pants pocket.

Arnold, a convicted felon, was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon on July 25, 2018.

In addition to an active prison term, Dever also sentenced Arnold to three years of supervised release.

According to U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr., Arnold was prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program involving multiple levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime.