Argument ends robbery attempt

Adelina Shee Staff writer

October 4, 2013

LUMBERTON — Two men’s plan to rob a woman failed she was able to flee as they argued over who held the gun, according to Capt. Terry Parker of the Lumberton Police Department.

Parker said 46-year-old Ravin Lee Singletary, of Udell Road in Lumberton, managed to escape her vehicle on Wednesday when “one of them brandished a firearm and a struggle ensued between the two suspects.” He said the handgun discharged twice, but no one was injured during the incident.

According to Parker, Singletary was near Rogers Tire Service on Martin Luther King Drive at about 1:50 p.m. when she offered a ride to two men walking down the street.

“She felt sorry for them,” he said. “They needed a ride … she did not know them.”

Parker said the men, Frankie Elger Lowery, 19, of Bee Gee Road, and James Bernard Gilchrist, 44, of N.C. 130 East in Fairmont, entered the car with one of them taking the front passenger seat and the other in the back.

Parker said one of the men took out the weapon and tried to rob Singletary but the argument ensued.

“She stopped the vehicle and jumped out when they were struggling over the weapon,” he said.

Parker said two Sheriff’s Office deputies who were nearby arrived and arrested both men.

Lowery and Gilchrist are each charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possessing a firearm. Lowery is being held in jail under a $90,000 secured bond and Gilchrist is under a $75,000 secured bond.