Hoke Authorities Make Third Arrest in Attempted Armed Robbery
Hoke County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a third suspect in an attempted robbery that resulted in the shooting death of one suspect.
On Friday, deputies on Friday arrested Ronald Ross Jr., 24, 128 Park Place, in Raeford. He is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, aid and abet and armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony breaking and entering. He was jailed on a $1 million secured bond.
The arrest stems from the Feb. 8 attempted armed robbery at All American Mattress and Furniture, 9734 Aberdeen Road, just over the Hoke County line.
Ronald Ross Jr. is the brother of Amie Ross, 27, of Raeford, who was arrested on Monday, Feb. 11, along with Lewis Vega, 21, of Aberdeen.
Authorities say Ross Jr. also knew Vega and David Frame, a 16-year-old who died after he was shot following a struggle over a rifle carried by one of the suspects.
Frame, who was hit at least twice, authorities have said, died at an area hospital. Frame’s parents said in a statement on Facebook that their son was “kidnapped, drugged, coerced or all of the above.”
Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin has said the suspects “planned this robbery” and there was “no evidence that (Frame) was coerced.”
The four suspects wore ski masks. They entered the store about 8:30 p.m. One of the suspects pointed a rifle at store owner, Alexander Rowland, and demanded money, while another started to beat him with brass knuckles, deputies said.
A struggle ensued and the rifle fired, striking Frame multiple times. The three other suspects left the store and fled in a waiting vehicle.
Peterkin has said the incident happened in a matter of seconds, and Rowland feared for his life.
Amie Ross and Vega also 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. Both are also jailed on $1 million bond.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Amie Ross was convicted in March 2007 of robbery with a dangerous weapon. She served four and a half years in prison and was released in September 2011. She also served time for larceny.
Vega was convicted last September of felony larceny and received an 18-month suspended sentence. He is currently on probation for that conviction, according to state records.
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