Prosecutor: Addiction led Castle Hayne man to armed robbery

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Jamie Michael Davis
Jamie Michael Davis

A Castle Hayne man has pleaded guilty to taking more than $600 from a local barbecue restaurant in July 2015, as well as several other thefts last year.

Jamie Michael Davis, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to District Attorney Ben David.

Davis was charged with an armed robbery at Carolina Barbecue on North College Road on July 10, 2015, David said. He reportedly entered the restaurant to place a takeout order, but when the clerk asked if he was ready to pay, Davis pulled out a revolver and demanded cash from the register.

The clerk handed the defendant more than $600 in cash, David said.

“Davis told her he had people in the business, who would start a massacre if she caused a scene,” David said. “When Davis left the restaurant, the owner was notified of the robbery and the owner attempted to chase after the defendant with no success.”

The robbery was captured on the restaurant’s video surveillance system, David said. The video showed the defendant holding a small dark colored firearm toward the clerk. Numerous calls to law enforcement helped identify Davis as the robber.

Davis was also charged with taking property from family members and others in the Wilmington community between April 7, 2015 and July 20, 2015, David said. He obtained cash by pawning these items. Davis also took the purses from the shopping carts of two elderly females as they shopped at Harris Teeter and Lowe’s grocery stores.

“The defendant was then connected with the purse thefts by comparing his mug shot images with footage from the grocery stores,” David said.

Davis has previously felony convictions of breaking and entering from August 2012, David said.

“This case is a horrible yet classic example of where drug addiction can lead,” Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan said. “When addiction results in the victimization of innocent members of our community, we have no choice but to respond with incarceration.”

Davis was sentenced to 73-109 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.