Smithfield Man Indicted For 2016 Robbery, Attempted Murder Of Law Enforcement Officer

Robbery Suspect Shot At Deputy During Chase
Co-defendant sentenced last September

A Smithfield man who reportedly robbed a Princeton fast food restaurant then shot at a Johnston County deputy during a pursuit in 2016 has been named in a superseding indictment by a Johnston County Grand Jury.

On October 24, 2016, Hardee’s in Princeton was robbed at gunpoint and four employees threatened with a firearm.   The suspects made away with $982.

A short time later, a Johnston County deputy attempted to stop a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle on Cleveland Road near Barber Mill Road.  The driver attempted to speed away and during the chase someone in the car fired a gun at the pursuing officer, Deputy Adriane Stone.

The chase entered a cul-de-sac on Spaniel Lane. The fleeing car turned around and aimed at Deputy Stone who had exited her patrol car.  She discharged her firearm, hitting the suspect vehicle which then crashed. There were no injuries.

Gerald Thomas Holmes III, of the Brogden Road, Smithfield was indicted this month by a Grand Jury in Smithfield for attempted first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder of Deputy Stone. Holmes, 25, was also indicted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon for the holdup at Hardee’s.

In September 2018, a co-defendant, Datrel K-Chaun Lyons of Clayton Road, Angier was found guilty following a weeklong jury trial of the attempted murder of Deputy Stone.  Lyons, who was 21 at the time of his trial, was sentenced to 230 to 301 months in prison.

Holmes is in custody and awaiting trial.

In September 2015, Holmes was charged with the armed robbery and kidnapping of a homeowner in the Clayton Estates Mobile Home Park.