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CHARGED: Detectives make arrest in pawn shop robbery

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Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department recently arrested three people in connection to a robbery that happened in September. Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department recently arrested three people in connection to a robbery that happened in September.
Antonio Lequinn Schwartz (Source: Wilmington Police Department) Antonio Lequinn Schwartz (Source: Wilmington Police Department)
Desmond Stephon Hudley (Source: Wilmington Police Department) Desmond Stephon Hudley (Source: Wilmington Police Department)
Virginia Nicole Jones (Source: Wilmington Police Department) Virginia Nicole Jones (Source: Wilmington Police Department)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department recently arrested three people in connection to a robbery that happened in September.

Three people went to OPM Pawn Shop on Carolina Beach Road in September to pawn a television. When the owner told them he could not buy the television and tried to give it back, one of them grabbed his arm.

According to police, the owner pulled out a handgun, but the people grabbed his arms and also pulled out a gun to pistol whip him in the head. The owner told authorities the three people duct taped his hands, feet and mouth and shoved him in a back room.

The owner told police he could see the trio make several trips in and out of the store, going through his safe and taking a number of items.

Evidence led detectives to arrest Antonio Lequinn Schwartz, 25, Desmond Stephon Hudley, 25, and Virginia Nicole Jones, 27. They were all charged with:

  • robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • robbery with a dangerous weapon conspiracy
  • larceny of a firearm
  • assault with a deadly weapon
  • degree kidnapping

Jones was also charged with an outstanding failure to appear, while Schwartz was additionally charged with felony probation violation.

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