Suspect arrested after 3rd armed robbery


James Michael Duncan Jr.


From staff reports

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A local man is facing multiple armed robbery and other charges following his arrest Monday for what law enforcement officials say was his third robbery of a local business in less than four days.

James Michael Duncan Jr., 23, is charged with three counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a press release from Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten states.

Duncan, whose last known address was Lot 11 in the 1200 block of Glendale Ave., Elizabeth City, was arrested following the robbery of the Zoom In #1 in the 1200 block of Main Street Extended on Monday, Wooten said.

According to Wooten, a man wearing blue jeans, a gray jacket and what appeared to be a red-hooded sweatshirt entered the store and, similar to two other recent robberies in the city, handed the clerk a note demanding cash. The note stated the clerk had “30 seconds to give him money,” Wooten’s press release states.

The man then fled on foot around the back of the store. 

The Sheriff’s Office’s subsequent investigation identified the robbery suspect as Duncan and deputies and Elizabeth City police officers located him at a mobile home in the 1200 block of Glendale Avenue, the release said.

In addition to the one count of armed robbery for the Zoom In heist, Duncan is also charged by city police with the robberies of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 116 South Hughes Boulevard on Friday night and the McDonald’s restaurant at 1316 W. Ehringhaus Street on Sunday night.

In both restaurant robberies, a man entered and handed a cashier a note demanding money, police said. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled on foot from both robberies. In the McDonald’s robbery, the suspect also displayed a handgun after being questioned about the note, police said.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies, authorities said.

Duncan is being detained at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $100,000 secured bond on the charges filed by the police department.

In addition, Duncan was arrested on outstanding warrants for felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device and felony financial card theft. Secured bonds totaling $160,000 were set for those charges.