Man Accused Of Robbing Benson Service Station Employee

A 21-year-old Dunn man is being held in the Johnston County Jail after he was accused of robbing a man at gunpoint at a Benson business.

Benson Police were called to the Barnes Lube Express on Dec. 31 in reference to an armed robbery around 2 p.m.

An employee of the service station told officers a man named Deon came to have his 2004 Mercedes Benz inspected, but “they refused to inspect the vehicle due to the tint on the windows being too dark.” Deon then inquired about trading his vehicle for another on the lot, according to an investigation report from the Benson Police Department.

Barnes Lube Express required a $500 deposit to hold the desired SUV on the lot until they could complete the trade, the report stated.

The employee told officers he had $100 in his hand when Deon put a gun to his head. The man said he handed over the money, “because he was not going to lose his life over $100,” Detective Jared Jordan noted in the report.

Deon then fled the scene in his silver Mercedes, according to the employee.

A be-on-the-lookout call had police in Johnston and Harnett counties searching for the silver Mercedes with dark tinted windows when a Dunn police officer identified the alleged robber as Deon Lamour Monk.

Monk was arrested on Jan. 2 and transported to the Johnston County Jail where he remains on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. His next court date is set for Jan. 21.

-Dunn Daily Record