Three arrested in Greenville after chase following attempted robbery

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Nicholas Franklin, Eric Devon Hinton and Octavian Quintez Ricks (Pitt County Detention Center photos)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville police responded to a report of an attempted robbery that ended up as a chase through the city with three people taken into custody.

Greenville Police Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter told WNCT’s Erin Jenkins officers responded around 4:30 p.m. to a man on Charles Boulevard who said individuals in a white BMW tried to rob him. Earlier reports indicated there was an attempted robbery or robbery at the State Employees Credit Union in the same area. Hunter said that was not the case. It was later determined the incident actually began in the parking lot of Dunham Sports.

Police quickly found the vehicle, which tried to flee. A chase ensued until the BMW wrecked after striking a pole on Arlington Boulevard near Smythewyck Drive. The three people in the vehicle fled on foot and were quickly captured and taken into custody.

The following individuals, all residents of Rocky Mount, have been charged: 

Octavian Ricks

  • Flee/Elude Arrest w/ Motor Vehicle
  • Hit and Run / Fail to Stop for a Vehicle Crash
  • Resisting Public Officer

Eric Hinton, Jr.

  • Felony Conspiracy
  • PWISD Cocaine
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Carrying Concealed Gun
  • Resisting Public Officer
  • Cyberstalking / Threatening Phone Calls (unrelated outstanding warrants)

Nicholas Franklin

  • Carrying Concealed Gun
  • Resisting Public Officer

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