Police: Whiteville men, woman arrested in connection with two armed robberies

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Adrian Womble
Adrian Womble

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department arrested three people on Tuesday in connection with two armed robberies reported Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Jonathan Jenrette, 31, Jamal Marcus Johnson, 20, and Adrian Kiana Womble, 22, were arrested at America’s Best Value Inn, 2828 Market St., at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

Wilmington police responded to 1222 S. Sixth St. just after 11:30 p.m. Monday, when a man reported he was robbed at gunpoint. The victim was walking home when he was approached by a black man with a revolver near the corner of Kidder and Sixth streets. The man reportedly took the victim’s iPod and phone, then got into a white, four-door sedan with three people inside.

Another man was robbed while in the 1400 block of South Third Street at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday. The victim said he was sitting in his car talking on the phone when two black men robbed him at gunpoint, Rawley said. The men reportedly told the victim to exit the car and took the victim’s wallet. The suspects then forced the victim inside his home where they took more cash, Rawley said.

Officers in search of the suspects issued a “be on the lookout” warning on the vehicle based on the description from one of the victims, Rawley said. A Wilmington police sergeant stopped the vehicle at the hotel, where all three suspects were arrested.

Womble, of Mill Stream Drive, Whiteville, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Jenrette, of Red Hill Road, Whiteville, was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to jail records. He was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $150,000 secured bond. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Jenrette has been convicted of felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and three misdemeanors.

Johnson, of West Calhoun Street, Whiteville, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and a probation violation. He was convicted of two misdemeanors in December 2014, including assault on a female and larceny, according to prison records. Johnson is reportedly an absconder from his probation.

He was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $125,000 secured bond.

Police respond to unrelated armed robbery Tuesday

Wilmington police responded to another armed robbery reported at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of South 12th Street, Rawley said.

The victim reported he was robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of South 12th and Ann streets. The suspect–described as a black man who wore a hooded sweatshirt– demanded money from the victim and left the scene.

“Police do not believe [this] robbery was connected to the others,” Rawley said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or through Text-A-Tip. Text CRIMES, then type Tip708 and your message.


Jonathan Jenrette
Jonathan Jenrette
Jamall Johnson
Jamall Johnson