Area Teen Killed During Attempted Robbery at Furniture Store
Area law enforcement officials remain on the lookout for one suspect wanted in connection with the Friday night attempted robbery of a mattress store outside Aberdeen that left one of the would-be robbers dead.
Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said the robbery at All American Mattress and Furniture, 9734 Aberdeen Road, occurred around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Four individuals, armed with a rifle and brass knuckles, burst in as the store's owner was preparing to close for the night.
All four suspects were wearing masks, Peterkin said. One of the suspects pointed a rifle at the owner and demanded money.
"They scuffled over the weapon," Peterkin said. "The business owner felt his life was threatened."
During the scuffle over the rifle, it fired, hitting one of the suspects at least twice. David Ryan Frame, 16, later died at an area hospital.
"It didn’t take more than 15 seconds" Peterkin said. "That’s how quick this was. It kind of shows you that we all have to be on our guard and we aware of our surroundings because things can happen so fast."
Two of the three remaining suspects have been arrested and are in the Hoke County Detention Center in Raeford on $1 million bond each. The two arrested are Amie Lynette Ross, 27, of Raeford, and Lewis Vega, 21 of 308 Providence Way in Aberdeen. They face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and aid and abet of an armed robbery. More charges could be pending.
A fourth suspect remains at large, Peterkin said: "We’re looking for him. We’ve got a name. It’s not confirmed, but we’re on the right track."
Peterkin said Vega used to work at the mattress company and that the suspects "planned this robbery."
"That means they all sat down and talked about this," Peterkin said. "These kids all hung together. They frequented each other’s homes. It’s not like they just met that day and went and did something that night.
"I’m just really sad for the parents. I’m sure (Frame) was a wonderful guy. It just looks like he made a bad decision. He knew all of them. There was a relationship there. There’s no evidence that he was coerced.
Peterkin said the store owner, whom he declined to name, "really feels bad about this, especially when he found out how young the boy was. The business owner was minding his own business and closing up for the day. Any way you want to look at it, it’s sad. I just hate that it happened like it did. Nobody came out a winner in this situation at all. No one."
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