Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Third arrest in armed robbery of motorists

Marquis Jackson

A Pender County man wanted in connection with an attempted armed robbery in the Castle Hayne area in January was arrested on Thursday.

Marquis Dashaun Jackson, 23, of New Road in Burgaw, was arrested in Albemarle and transferred to the New Hanover County Jail on Thursday, jail records show.

According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jerry Brewer, Jackson is the third suspect facing felony charges in connection with a Jan. 18 armed robbery in Castle Hayne.

Four people were in a car on Rockhill Road at about 5:30 p.m. that day, when the suspect vehicle drove up next to them, Brewer said. A female got out of the vehicle and approached the four occupants in the other car. At that time, a male suspect also approached the victims in the car and attempted to rob them at gunpoint.

The male suspect fired a shot into the windshield as the victims attempted to back the car away, Brewer said. The shot did not cause any injuries to the driver or the passengers inside.

Detectives previously charged 23-year-old Tashon Darell Hicks and 17-year-old Dontasia Monet Boney in March, after about two months of investigation. Within weeks of their arrests, the sheriff’s office notified the public that they were searching for Jackson, as another suspect in the case.

Jackson was charged with three counts of aiding and abetting robbery with a dangerous weapon and six counts of aiding and abetting a felony. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

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