Weekend report: House fire ruled accidental; three men charged in downtown armed robbery

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No injuries were reported in an accidental electrical fire at a vacant home early Monday morning.

The cause of the fire–reported at 12:32 a.m. at 1908 Washington St.–was determined to be a fire around the electric meter base, according to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Burton. Most of the $30,000 in damage was to the exterior of the home and the attic.

Three men charged in downtown armed robbery

Three men were arrested in connection with an armed robbery in downtown Wilmington on Saturday night.

A man and his girlfriend were reportedly robbed at gunpoint by three masked men in the area of Front and Nun streets at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The three suspects, who wore black clothing and white bandannas as masks, reportedly took the victims’ wallets and other personal items, Lindsay said.

Officers and K9 units tracked the suspects in a wooded area in front of The Pilot House restaurant on Anne Street. Police reportedly found an airsoft gun on the suspects, as well as various items that belonged to the victims in the woods.

Damian Brian Bowers, 22, Robert Alvin Crisco, 23, and Jamarcus Jamal Patterson, 21, were charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to jail records. Bowers, Crisco and Patterson were booked at the New Hanover County jail under $25,000 secured bonds.

Teen charged with DWI, hit-and-run

An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run on Friday.

A white Ford Taurus reportedly left the scene wreck in the 500 block of Wooster Street at about 10:40 p.m. Friday, according to Lindsay. A victim in the wreck reported a partial tag number and identified the suspect vehicle.

Wilmington police and UNCW police found the suspect vehicle in the area of Racine Drive. Joseph Graham Merritt was arrested and charged with driving while impaired and hit-and-run.

Gunfire damages Princess Place home

A home on Princess Placed drive was damaged by gunfire on Sunday night. Police responded to the home in the 2200 block of Princess Place Drive just before 11 p.m. Sunday, when a 21-year-old man reported his family’s home was struck by bullets, Lindsay said. Police found several bullet holes in the front of the home. The investigation is ongoing.

Robert Alvin Crisco
Robert Alvin Crisco
Damian Brian Bowers
Damian Brian Bowers
Jamarcus Jamal Patterson
Jamarcus Jamal Patterson