1 arrested, 1 wanted after stealing iPhone from college student


One man has been arrested and another is wanted after deputies said they stole money and an iPhone from a college student.

The Tarboro Police Department responded to the parking lot of River Oaks Shopping Center in reference to a robbery from a person that had already occurred on Wednesday around 11:45 a.m.

Police arrived on the scene and said the victim, college student from Raleigh, arranged to meet two people from Ahoskie to engage in an illicit exchange.

During the exchange, one of the suspects from Ahoskie showed a handgun and demanded money from the victim, police said.

According to the police, the suspects took an undisclosed amount of money in addition to the victim’s iPhone.

During the investigation, Officer Matt Boyette received permission from the victim to track his phone using Apple’s public tracking software.

Officer Boyette was able to locate the phone in Ahoskie.

Based on the information, Sergeant Mike Trevathan made contact with a law enforcement associate in Hertford County who relayed the information to Ahoskie police officers.

The vehicle in question was located and one of the suspects identified as 20-year-old Erick J. Speight was arrested.

Police said the firearm used during the robbery as well as the victim’s iPhone was recovered from the vehicle.

Police traveled to Ahoskie to assist with the search of the second suspect but could not be located.

Speight was then transported back to Tarboro where he cooperated with investigators and was charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He was sent to the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.

The investigation into the second suspect continues.

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