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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Greenville Police have arrested a man wanted for robbery in Texas after finding him hiding in the attic of a Winterville home, a news release said.  

Police said 28-year-old Richard Marquise Taft had outstanding warrants for robbery in Texas. Officers received information that indicated that Taft, who also is a convicted felon, was hiding in a Sterling Pointe home with multiple firearms.

Using that information, officers executed a search warrant at 3939 Sterling Pointe Drive, Apt. SSS-6, and arrested Taft about 9 p.m. on Tuesday. 

When police executed the search warrant, Taft attempted to run out the back door of the residence, the news release said.  After a brief standoff, Taft was located hiding in the attic, where he surrendered without incident.

A search of the residence was completed and three firearms were recovered. Two of the guns had been reported stolen. A trafficking amount of heroin, along with numerous drug paraphernalia items also were located, the release said. 

As a result of the search, Richard Taft is facing two counts of possession of a firearm by felon and one count possession of a stolen firearm. He is in the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond, awaiting extradition back to Texas.

The homeowner, 31-year-old Adonica Barnes, also was charged with drug and weapons violations. She is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $335,000 secured bond.

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