WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A Wilmington man was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday, followed by five years of supervised release, on robbery and gun charges.
Aaron Monroe, 41, pleaded guilty in October 2012 to robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice.
An investigation shows that in December 2011, Monroe and his father, Victor McClain, armed with a gun and BB gun, went into Game Giant in Wilmington. They pretended to be customers until they thought store clerk was alone, then showed their weapons and demanded money.
There were still customers in the store, however, and they were also robbed of their money. After Monroe and McClain took the money from the register, they forced the victims into a bathroom and barricaded the door with a shelf.
Once the men left, the victims forced the door open, left, notified a nearby police officer of the situation, and pointed out the men to the officer.
The police officer tried to stop the car, but Monroe was driving and refused to stop as he sped throughout the city, ran stop signs, wove into oncoming traffic and drove recklessly.
After hitting a fence pole, the chase ended, and Monroe and McClain were arrested.
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