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Wilmington police arrest two for armed robbery of homeless family, assault

A homeless family was robbed by two men at the AmeriStay Inn on Market Street, according to the Wilmington Police Department. (Port City Daily photo / File)
A homeless family was robbed by two men at the AmeriStay Inn on Market Street, according to the Wilmington Police Department. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Police arrested two men today for the armed robbery of several people, including a homeless family, on Friday.

According to the Wilmington Police Department (WPD), Glenn Harry Bowen, 28, and Robert James Sansbury, 27, were taken into custody for two armed robberies that took place on Friday, March 15.

“Witnesses say the men robbed a homeless family at the AmeriStay Inn on Market Street and then robbed a couple in the parking lot of the Golden Corral on New Centre Drive just before 7 p.m. last evening. During the confrontation at the Golden Corral, one of the victims was cut on the hand. Police were able to get a description of the suspects and vehicle,” according to WPD. Bowen and Sansbury were located and arrested at an apartment on Emory Street in the Creekwood South neighborhood.

WPD Spokesperson Linda Thompson said it is not known if the homeless family was displaced by Hurricane Florence.

According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records, both Bowen and Sansbury have a history of misdemeanor and felony convictions. Bowen has numerous felony possession convictions, and at the time of his arrest was on probation after serving a little over a year for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Sansbury has been convicted of two hit and run offenses, as well as felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

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