Smithfield Robbery Suspect Captured In Princeton

Four law enforcement agencies worked together this morning (Wednesday) to apprehend a suspect wanted for a Smithfield armed robbery.

It started just before midnight in the parking lot of the Kangaroo convenience store on North Brightleaf Boulevard at Booker Dairy Road. A 20 year-old Smithfield man and 21 year-old Selma man were outside the store when a car approached with two people inside. The suspects offered the victims a ride and they accepted. The suspects drove less than a mile down Booker Dairy Road, stopped their car near Eden Drive, and at gunpoint demanded money.

One of the victims fled on foot. The second man handed over his watch before being released.

The victims were able to give Smithfield Police a good description of the suspects and their getaway car.

Working with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, NC Highway Patrol and Princeton Police, the vehicle used in the robbery was located at an apartment complex on Lee Street in Princeton.

A search warrant was executed this morning at the apartment leading to the apprehension of 23 year-old Robert Dijon Morrisey of Lee Street, Princeton. He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. The gun believed to have been used in the Smithfield robbery was located inside the apartment. The firearm had been reported stolen in Wilmington.

Police also found the stolen watch taken during the robbery and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.  Additional charges are pending from Smithfield and Princeton Police.

Smithfield Police have identified the second suspect but no charges have been filed against that person.

Morrisey is being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $100,000 bond.