Roanoke Rapids NC Aug 17 2010 City police are looking for a Roanoke Rapids boy who allegedly shot a security guard Saturday night.
Deputy Chief Adam Bondarek said Andrew Bell, 17, is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him should not confront him but call 911, the police department at 252-533-2810 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.
Bell is wanted in the non-fatal shooting of Michael Proctor, a security guard at the former Rosemary mill, who was working when the boy allegedly approached him on an orange bicycle and demanded his money or wallet around 11:30 Saturday night.
Proctor told Bell he had neither and identified himself as a security guard. Bell allegedly shot him in the arm with a small caliber revolver. The shooting occurred in the 13th Street area of the former mill site, Bondarek said.
Police got a break in the case yesterday when officers from A Squad and the detective division spotted Bell around noon on an orange bike, a gun noticeable in his waistband.
The officers attempted to stop him and Bell fled, allegedly stealing another bike to make his getaway. While Bell got away, Bondarek said officers were able to identify him and obtain warrants for his arrest on charges of attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, flee to elude arrest and larceny of a bicycle.
Police hope the public will provide assistance on the boy’s whereabouts.
Proctor, who was treated and released from the hospital, walked to the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and 13th Street to use a cell phone and call for help.
Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton told the Daily Herald this morning with the help of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Andrew Bell, 17, of Roanoke Rapids, turned himself in last night.
Hinton said RRPD appreciates the efforts of Deputy Fred Whitaker getting Bell to turn himself in at the Roanoke Rapids police station around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
While members of Roanoke Rapids Police A Squad were on routine patrol Monday, they came in contact with an unknown person matching the description of a suspect wanted in a Saturday night shooting of a security guard near the old Bibb Plant Mill, explained Roanoke Rapids Police Deputy Chief Adam Bondarek.
Officers observed a small caliber pistol in his waistband. Bondarek said the subject ran and during the chase he stole a bicycle from a youngster, then escaped capture by police. Although officers were unable to apprehend him, they were able to identify him as Bell. (After the pursuit, Capt. Andy Jackson proceeded several hundred yards on foot down a nearby railroad track to retrieve the abandoned bicycle stolen during the chase. Jackson returned the bike to the youngster, Bondarek said).
It was around 11 p.m., Saturday when an on-duty security guard “in the area of 13th Street and the old mill parking lot was approached by a male on an orange bicycle demanding his wallet,” Bondarek stated. The victim identified himself as a security guard and said he didn’t have any money. “The unknown black male pulled a small caliber handgun from his person and fired at the security guard at close range, striking him one time,” Bondarek stated.
The security guard is listed in good condition.
Bondarek said Bell has a history with law enforcement.
Bell faces charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, fleeing the police and larceny of a bicycle.
Bell is in jail on $50,000 bond and has a Dec. 19 court date.
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