At about 2:30 a.m. on March 24, 2012, Officer A.W. Smith was patrolling on W. Fifth Street near Tyson Street when he saw 2 groups of teenagers in an apparent altercation. When Officer Smith activated his police blue lights, one group of teens fled while the other came to his patrol car.
Officer Smith interviewed the first group of teens, who reported they were being robbed at gunpoint by the other group. The victims reported that the suspect teens had been armed with 2 handguns, and they forced the victims to hand over wallets, jewelry, and cell-phones.
One of the armed suspects assaulted one of the victims by striking him across the head with a handgun. The suspects fled upon the sight of law enforcement, and the stolen property was recovered at the scene.
Other patrol officers responded to the area to assist with the investigation. Officers located the suspects at 605 Ford Street a short while later. The suspects were identified by the victims following a show-up investigation at the house.
Each of the 5 suspect teens was transported to the Greenville Police Department for follow up. The juvenile was identified at the police department and released to a guardian later that night.
Daquze Howard, Khalil Mitchell, Marquell Ward, and Marlin McMillan were each taken to the Pitt County Detention Center and jailed under $25,000 secured bonds.