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Antavian Cornelius Yancey

Search Continues for Suspected Murderer Antavian Cornelius Yancey

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-Information and photos courtesy the Vance County Sheriff’s Office

Update: The Vance County Sheriff’s Office, along with other state and local authorities, continue to look for Antavian Cornelius Yancey for the murder of Charisma Robinson. It is believed that Yancey has family and friend ties in Durham, Burlington and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Yancey is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have seen or have any knowledge about Antavian C. Yancey’s location, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

Aliases: Cornelius Yancey and Antavian Yancey

Original Press Release Issued July 24:

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division received a call referencing smoke in a wooded area. Upon the arrival of Deputies and the Vance County Fire Department on the scene, a vehicle was fully engulfed. 

Members of the Vance County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to investigate the vehicle fire along with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Arson unit. On July 17, 2020, the Vance County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Division received a phone call from the Burlington Police Department in reference to the Burlington Police Department locating the body of a black female that was believed to be from Henderson, North Carolina. The female was identified as Charisma Robinson, age 35. 

Investigator began to investigate these incidents and developed that the two cases were connected. Participating agencies from the Vance County Sheriffs Office, Henderson Police Department, Burlington Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation began a collaborative effort to solve the murder of Charisma Robinson, 

Through the investigation, a person of interest was developed and later identified as a subject/suspect in this matter

On July 24, 2020, a warrant for Murder and Burning of Personnel Property was issued for Antavian Cornelius Yancey (B/M/Age 34), regarding the death of Charisma Robinson. 

Yancey is believed to be armed and dangerous. If located, please contact the Vance County Sheriffs Office at (252) 7382200.

Vance County Sheriff's Office

VCSO: Two Arrested on Cocaine, Drug Charges During Traffic Stop

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On July 11, 2020, at 1:41 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff‘s Office Narcotics Division was on routine patrol and conducted a traffic stop at 28 Gholson Place in Henderson, NC.

Arrested at the scene were Demetris Mellon (B/M; Age 29) for Possession with the Intent to Manufacture Sell/Deliver Cocaine and Felony Maintaining a Vehicle, and Charles Woodard (B/M; Age 29) for Possession of Cocaine.

Mellon and Woodard were taken before the magistrate. Mellon received a $10,000 secured bond, and Woodard received a $4,000 secured bond.

The court date was set for September 14, 2020, in Vance County District Court for both Mellon and Woodard.

This investigation is continuing.

Demetris Mellon Mug Shot

Demetris Mellon

Malik Royster

Royster Arrested in Heroin Drug Bust at Lakeview, White Oak Drive in Henderson

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 1:45 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted a buy/bust at Lakeview and White Oak Drive in Henderson, NC.

Arrested during the incident was Malik Rayquan Royster (B/M; Age 24) for the Sell and Deliver of Heroin and Possession of Firearm by a Felon.

Royster was taken before the magistrate, and his bond was set at $25,000 secured. Royster’s court date was set for September 14, 2020, in Vance County District Court.

This investigation is continuing.

Malik Rayquan Royster (Photo courtesy VCSO)

Howard Perry

Suspect in Kittrell Grocery, Bear Pond Market Armed Robbery Arrested

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to Kittrell Grocery located at 1365 U.S. 1 Kittrell, North Carolina and Bear Pond Fresh Market located at 3963 Raleigh Road, Henderson, North Carolina in reference to an armed robbery.

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrived at the scene and began the investigation. A person of interest was developed.

Howard Perry, Jr. (VCSO photo)

After conducting interviews, Howard Perry, Jr., age 52, became a suspect. A traffic stop was conducted on Perrys vehicle on NC 39 South where he was taken into custody.

The Criminal Investigation Division made contact with other jurisdictions that had similar incidents in the Vance County area, and Perry was subsequently charged with one count of Common Law Robbery, one count of Attempted Common Law Robbery that occurred in Vance County and another count of Common Law Robbery that happened in the city of Henderson.

Perrys bond was set at $50,000, and he is scheduled to appear in Vance County District Court on August 4, 2020.

This investigation is continuing.

Illegal Dumping Arrest

VCSO: Two Arrested in Illegal Trash Dumping Incidents

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-Press Release and photos, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

Vance County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to 240 Spring Valley Road, Henderson, North Carolina in reference to illegal dumping of trash. During the investigation, the Criminal Investigative Division responded to the scene and noticed a truckload of trash had been dumped.

On June 23, 2020, another littering complaint led the Vance County Sheriff’s Office to the dead-end of Spring Valley Lake Rd on U.S Corp property. Evidence revealed the trash found at this location came from the same source that was located at 240 Spring Valley Rd.

Detectives were able to ascertain where the trash was coming from and identified the subjects that were responsible for the illegal dumping of the trash.

Warrants were obtained for Tyree Nathaniel Elam (B/M – DOB 04/18/1994) and Quante Kim’juan Hargrove (B/M – DOB: 02/16/1996) for Commercial Littering.

Both subjects were taken before the magistrate and given a written promise to appear in Vance County District Court for the above-listed charges on July 23, 2020. The U.S Corp of Engineer and Vance County Code Enforcement were notified.

According to the arrest record, Quante Hargrove also had three outstanding warrants out of Granville County, an Order for Arrest for Probation Violation with a $25,000 secured bond, Order for Arrest for Shoplifting Concealment Goods with a $500 secured bond and a Warrant for Arrest for Uttering Forged Endorsement with a $1,000 secured bond. Hargrove was also served with a Criminal Summons for Injury to Personal Property out of Granville County.

This investigation is continuing.

Tyree Nathaniel Elam

Quante Kim’juan Hargrove

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Vance Co. Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Increase in Scam Calls

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-Information courtesy the Vance County Sheriff’s Office

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office would like to make the public aware of some recent trends that the agency has noticed.

From May 4, 2020, to the present, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office has received approximately nine incident reports that relate to Identity Fraud/Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Obtaining Property by False Pretense and Forgery. It appears that most of the investigations have some international ties to different countries.

The public should be mindful that if you receive a request from an unknown person or persons asking you to buy gas cards or supply them with your Social Security Card, banking information or purchasing animals through Paypal, you could be getting scammed.

We want to encourage the members of our community to be mindful of their financial transactions and ask that you do not provide personal information over the phone.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (252) 7382200.

Two Arrested in ‘Large Sum’ Heroin Bust in Vance County

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, Patrol Division and Criminal Investigative Division conducted an undercover operation. A buy bust was conducted in the Vance County area for a large sum of Heroin.

Participating agencies in the investigation were Homeland Security Investigation and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Arrested during the investigation were Diquon Steven Alston, age 26, charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking Heroin and Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin and Saquan Javier Alexander, age 27,  charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking Heroin and Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin along with multiple traffic offenses.

Alston received a $285,000.00 bond; his court date was set for June 29, 2020. Alexander received a $385,000.00 bond; his court date was set for June 29, 2020.

This investigation is continuing.

Saquan Javier Alexander, age 27,  was arrested and charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking Heroin and Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin along with multiple traffic offenses. (VCSO photo)

Diquon Steven Alston, age 26, was arrested and charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking Heroin and Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin. (VCSO photo)

Suspect in Kittrell Food Mart Incident Charged With Seven Armed Robberies

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 9:48 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to Kittrell Food Mart, located at 1243 U.S. Highway 1 South in reference to an armed robbery.

Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrived at the scene and began the investigation. A person of interest was developed.

Wesley Deandre Anderson (Photo courtesy VCSO)

After conducting interviews, Wesley Deandre Anderson, age 20, became a suspect.

Criminal Investigation Division made contact with other jurisdictions that had similar incidents in Franklin County and Wake County (Knightdale and Raleigh, North Carolina). Anderson was subsequently charged with a total of seven (7) armed robberies.

Anderson was charged with one count of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for an incident the occurred on March 7, 2020, in Vance County.

Anderson has no bond and is currently in the Wake County Detention Center. His court date was set for May 11, 2020. This investigation is continuing.

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Vance Co. Sheriff’s Office Announces Procedure Adjustments

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The purpose of this memo is to outline considerations with respect to law enforcement operations during this ongoing state of emergency. Although there are no known positive cases of coronavirus in Vance County, we must be proactive and take precautions now to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community.

Law enforcement, like healthcare, is going to be an essential function during the current state of emergency. In order to maintain a high level of public safety, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing minor adjustments in our operating procedures to ensure that we can continue to provide the safety and core services to our community. 

Effective immediately, many nonviolent criminal reports will only be taken by telephone. These reports include, but are not limited to: misdemeanor theft, harassing communications, lost property, identity theft, computer/phone/mail scams.

Reports can be made with a Sheriff’s Office employee during normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 2527382200.

Our deputies were instructed to exercise discretion and avoid arrests for minor offenses that do not endanger others including property crimes. A concern for law enforcement is the spreading of Covid19. 

Our Emergency Management Center (911) will be asking more questions in order to obtain a wide range of information from callers who will be responding to calls. This is so that our deputies can take more proactive steps, and will not affect our response to your calls for service

As we continue to receive information we may be asking victims to step out of their homes or businesses to conduct interviews in order to comply with social distancing to complete the call. Deputies may be seen wearing personnel protective equipment (PPE). This will not hinder the calls for service. 

As we continue to receive information from the CDC and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, our goal is to continue to provide the same quality of service to the citizens of Vance County. 

The front lobby of the Sheriff’s Office will only allow one person inside beginning March 23, 2020, until further notice

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the Vance County Jail to limit the exposure of the inmates and staff. We will be restricting visitation until further notice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and inmates are met at the Detention Center. 

The Vance County Sheriff’s Department will continue to do its part to serve you during these difficult times and want to assure you that that the safety of our community is our top priority.

Christopher Arendall Arrested for Attempted Murder in Dec. Shooting Incidents

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Christopher Arendall, age 28, was arrested in Fayetteville, North Carolina for the shootings that occurred on December 25, 2019, at 2840 US 158 Bypass in Henderson and on December 16, 2019, at 137 Sombrero Lane in Henderson.

Christopher Arendall (FCSO photo)

Arendall was charged with one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, one count of Attempted Murder and Burglary/Breaking & Entering.

Arendall was picked up from the Cumberland County Detention Center on Friday, March 13, 2020, and transported to the Vance County Detention Center and placed under a $890,000.00 bond.