Two arrested in alleged armed robbery attempt
by Anna Oakes
Two brothers, 21 and 17, were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery following an incident at New Market Center in Boone on Sunday, the Boone Police Department said.
Joshua James Hash, 21, of Cecil Street in Boone, and Kevin Floyd Hash, 17, of Sunny Ridge Trail in Boone, were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, with secured bonds set at $75,000 and $100,000, respectively, pending Sept. 17 court appearances. Kevin Hash was also charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
In a statement, police said they responded to the parking lot of New Market Center, where a male victim stated he was scheduled to meet a man about buying a cell phone.
"The victim had made contact with the man via Craigslist and then communicated via email with the man. Shortly after arriving in the parking lot, a man approached the victim brandishing a knife and demanding money," police said. "The victim was able to gain control of the knife, at which point the assailant fled. The assailant left the area in a vehicle that was waiting nearby driven by a second male. The victim suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention."
Under North Carolina law, attempted armed robbery is a Class D felony, which can be punishable by a range of 38 to 160 months imprisonment, depending on a defendant's prior offenses as well as any mitigating or aggravating factors.
The Boone Police Department said this incident highlights the need to be cautious anytime you buy or sell items online. The department shared the following tips:
- Never meet someone alone, always take a companion
- Do not carry large amounts of cash
- Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert
- If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
- Always meet in a public place
- Get as much information as possible about the other person before you meet, including name and phone number(s)