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UPDATE: Accused Falkland Mini-mart Robber at Central Prison

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The accused armed robber in the Falkland Mini-mart shooting is now behind bars. On Tuesday, deputies booked Joshua Chamberlain of Winterville into the Pitt County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

Deputies say he was then transferred to the Central Prison in Raleigh on Wednesday.  


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Customers stood by Wednesday morning waiting for the Falkland Mini-Mart to open. The night before, the store clerk opened fired on an armed robber who held him at gun point.

"The gun was already in his face. So you know he has a wife and a kid at the house. So you got to protect yourself, you got to protect your assets, protect your business, family, everybody."

"Izzy" the clerk's brother says his brother shot several rounds at the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Joshua Chamberlain of Winterville. One of them struck him in the arm.

Deputies caught and arrested the suspect after he sought aid from a nearby house on Highway 43. "I'm pretty sure he has been here before. But he chose the wrong store. The wrong one." Izzy said.

Hearing about Tuesday's armed robbery is especially troubling for other convenience stores. On Wednesday they told 9 OYS they're standing together to send a clear message.

"They should think twice before they do it." Foruq Saleh the owner of the Speed Mart on Hooker Street says his mind set changed last year after the much-reported Farmville murders.

A group came in a convenience store and killed 3 of his cousins. "After losing three family members it makes me think, I wouldn't wait, I wouldn't hesitate."

"Hopefully it's alesson for everybody that's considering it. We're not proud that it happened,but you got to do what you got to do." Izzy said.

The clerk's friend was inthe store during the time of the shooting. He was shot and taken to the hospital. Izzy told 9OYS he is expected to be ok.


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An attempted armed robbery in Falkland ends with two men shot and in the hospital.

Around 9:30 Tuesday night, a man wearing a mask tried robbing the Falkland Mini-Mart at gunpoint.
Pitt County deputies say the clerk was closing the store and one of his friends was inside at the time.
During the attempted robbery, deputies say the clerk grabbed his own gun and fired three times, hitting the suspect as well as his friend.
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Joshua Chamberlain of Winterville after they say he went to a nearby house looking for help.

"When we arrived on scene, the location he was at noticed the blue lights and figured something was up and they immediately notified us that there was a subject at their house with an injury, and we went to that location and took him into custody," said Sheriff Neil Elks, Pitt County.
Both men were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. There's no word on their condition.

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