He Robbed His Place Of Employment At Gunpoint, Police Say

An Erwin man was arrested just a few days after police say he robbed the manager of his place of employment at gunpoint.

According to Erwin Chief of Police Jonathan Johnson, 20-year-old Isaiah Weeks is accused of approaching the manager of Zaxby’s in Erwin around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 while wearing a mask, dark clothing and a hoodie.

After taking the nightly deposit and the victim’s cellphone and wallet, Weeks allegedly fled on foot to the area behind the store which is located on U.S. Highway 421.

Following the robbery, the store manager called police and a search was started. With the help of Harnett County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units and help from area residents the suspect was tracked to a location along Regency Drive where police think he may have been picked up and driven away by an accomplice or accomplices.

“The K-9 tracked back towards Regency Drive, which is the same area the victim saw the suspect running towards,” Johnson said. “Then, luckily, we were able to get some evidence from some people’s surveillance systems in their homes and we were able to locate a possible suspect vehicle which led us to the suspect.”

Weeks was arrested on Oct. 17 at his residence in Erwin without incident. He now faces one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.

“He was arrested without incident,” Johnson said. “Luckily some surveillance and some other investigative tools came into play here and we were able to locate a suspect very soon.”

Johnson said another suspect is being sought in the case, however, he did not rule out the possibility of further warrants being issued regarding the incident at a later date as the investigation into the robbery continues.

“Upon further investigation we’ve determined there’s going to be more than one suspect,” Johnson said. “Right now, we’ve got warrants on one and there could be possibly more.”

Weeks has since been released from the Harnett County Detention Center on bond.

-Dunn Daily Record