Police: Armed clerk thwarts would-be robber

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Authorities charged a Wilson man in connection to an attempted armed robbery at a local convenience store.

Wilson police were dispatched to a 10:01 a.m. call to the Romanian Supermarket on Pender Street last week.

When officers arrived, they spoke to a store clerk who said that a man with a mask entered the store and passed a note saying he had a gun and wanted the store’s money, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

But the clerk confronted the would-be robber with a gun she had and the man fled the store without any money, Stroud said.

Responding officers were able to get a description of the man and found him walking the area of Ward Boulevard and Hadley Street. Police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Jacob S. Dawson. Stroud said the note he passed to the store clerk was still in his pocket when police arrested him.

Dawson is charged with attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was jailed under a $200,000 secured bond.

Police ask anyone with information on the case to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.