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By Kristin Zachary

Monday, December 3, 2012

A man accused of robbing an East Carolina University student in the vicinity of the campus on Saturday night was arrested by police downtown after the incident.

Michael Sharkeem Wilson, 21, of Rocky Mount allegedly approached a male student about 11:25 p.m. at East Fifth and Jarvis streets, took out a silver revolver handgun, pointed it at him and demanded money.

Wilson was with about five other men who “took no active role in the robbery,” according to an ECU alert issued at 12:02 a.m. Sunday.

The alert said the suspect obtained a small amount of money and fled, heading west on Fifth toward downtown. Wilson was located by Greenville police officers. A search yielded a red hoodie described by the student, as well as the gun, money taken and a quantity of cocaine, according to police.

Wilson is charged with robbery with a firearm; having a gun on educational property; simple assault; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; and other charges.

He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond, jail records show.

Court records indicate Wilson already was scheduled to appear today in Nash County court on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Wilson has court dates this month in Nash and Edgecombe counties on multiple traffic and drug charges and in June on charges of felony possession of stolen goods or property and possession of a weapon of mass destruction, court records show.

The Saturday incident follows attempted armed robberies at the university on Nov. 7 and Sept. 30.

A man approached a female student at Wright Plaza about 9 p.m. on Nov. 7, said he had a gun in his waistband and demanded money to buy fuel for his moped. The student kicked the suspect and was able to escape without injury. No arrest has been reported.

ECU police Lt. Chris Sutton said the other attempt on campus this year was about 11:15 p.m. Sept. 30 on Charles Boulevard. Sutton said there were no armed robbery reports filed in 2009, three in 2010 and four in 2011.

Students and campus community members are encouraged to walk in groups and in well-lighted areas and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Anyone with information can contact ECU police at 328-6787 or Greenville police at 329-9300.

Contact Kristin Zachary at or 252-329-9566.

via The Daily Reflector.


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