A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to two robberies that occurred in 2014.
Alfonso Brooks, 40, recently pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to two counts of common law robbery in connection with two separate robberies, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David.
Brooks was involved in a robbery at the Scotchman store at 310 S. College Road on June 9, 2014, according to David. He ordered the clerk to empty the contents of the cash register into a bag at gunpoint and forced the clerk to the floor.
When Brooks ran from the store, a tow truck driver who was nearby witnessed the incident and called law enforcement, David said. Brooks left the area in a vehicle that was parked at an adjacent hotel.
Wilmington police pursued the vehicle, but Brooks was able to jump from his car and hide for a short period of time before he was arrested. When officers found him, he had money from the robbery and admitted to committing the offense, David said.
“Brooks claimed that he used a BB-gun to rob the clerk, but no weapon was ever found,” David said.
Brooks later bonded out of jail and was placed on pretrial monitoring.
“Shortly thereafter, he removed his ankle monitor, and an order for his arrest was issued,” David said.
On Sept. 7, 2014, he entered a taxi cab outside the City Limits Saloon and asked the driver to take him to 10th and Grace streets. While in route, Brooks began assaulting the driver and demanded that the driver give him money, David said.
“After a brief altercation, the driver used pepper spray to repel the attack, but Brooks was able to get away with $57,” David said.
Police officers found Brooks hiding in an alley not far from the scene with the money. Brooks admitted that he had robbed the driver and was still suffering from the effects of the pepper spray, David said.