Man charged with robbing store, attacking owner

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Nathan Lamonte Silver


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Elizabeth City man is in custody at Albemarle District Jail following his arrest early Friday on charges of robbing a convenience store and attacking the business’s owner with a knife.

Nathan Lamonte Silver, 43, of the 700 block of Factory Street, was arrested about 2:35 a.m. in connection with the armed robbery of the Star One store and attack on its owner, Esmal Salah, police spokeswoman Latoya Flanigan said.

Silver was charged with armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $500,000 secured bond.

According to Flanigan, a man armed with a knife entered the Star One, which is located in Ron-E’s Plaza in the 400 block of North Hughes Boulevard, about 9:54 p.m. Thursday. After assaulting Saleh, the man was in the process of taking money from the store when he was interrupted by an off-duty store employee who had stopped by the Star One to check on Saleh, Flanigan said.

Seeing what was happening, the employee exited the store and ran next door to the Headlights Gentleman's Club for help, Flanigan said. As he did so, the robbery suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Richardson Street area.

According to Flanigan, officers were alerted to the robbery at 10:07 p.m. When they arrived at the Star One, they found Saleh being administered first aid by Headlights patrons.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services transported Saleh to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center for treatment of a laceration to the left side of his neck.

Sentara Healthcare spokesman Dale Gauding said Friday afternoon that Saleh was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia, where he was released about 5:45 a.m.

Four hours after the robbery, at about 2:35 a.m., police officers looking for the Star One robber found Silver hiding behind a house in the 500 block of West Cypress Street, Flanigan said.

Silver is due in Pasquotank District Court on Monday, Flanigan said.