GARNER — Garner police arrested two men for assaulting and robbing two out-of-state travelers during what the victims had intended to be a marijuana purchase just after noon on Jan. 31.
Police charged Christopher Anthony Clegg, 19, of Raleigh with felonious assault with a deadly weapon for hitting one of the victims in the head with the butt of his pellet gun, as well as misdemeanor assauilt, two counts each of felonious larceny and conpsiracy to commit common law robery.
Garner resident Timothy Chism, 20, faces the misdemeanor assault, larceny and conspiraacy charges as well. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Police spokesman Chris Clayton said the suspects met their victims in the WalMart parking lot and lured them to the parking lot in front of an apartment lease office at 915 Bryan Place in Garner to sell them weed. Instead, Clegg pulled the pellet gun out and the two robbed the visitors of money, a wallet including drivers licence and credit cards, a jacket and a cell phone.
Corey Juliano, 24, and Christopher Adams, 31, will not face drug charges. Clayton said the two told police that was their plan and police belive they intended to, but there was not enough corroborating evidence to bring charges.
Adams was struck in the head with the gun by Clegg, Clayton said, and it appeared robbery was the intent of the suspects from the start.
Clegg had an outstanding warrant for the armed robbery of a sweepstakes parlor on Benson Road on Jan. 25. He’s also believed to be involved in other robberies in Raleigh.
When police were called, a perimeter was set up because the suspects had been seen leaving on foot. They were apprehended across U.S. 70 in the Forest Hills Shopping Center parking lot, thanks to good descriptions of the perpetrators and an officer -- Sgt. Chris Adams -- who happened to be nearby when the call went out.
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