LUMBERTON — A 22-year-old Fayetteville man with Lumberton ties is being held at the Robeson County jail without bond following a night of violent crime that included a murder, a home invasion, and two armed robberies.
Charles E. Leach Jr., of 809 Isley St., is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 4 shooting death of 53-year-old Moses Robinson, Jr., according to Lumberton police Capt. Johnny Barnes. Robinson was returning home from work at about 1:35 a.m. and had just gotten out of his vehicle when Leach approached him, attempted to rob him and then shot him dead, Barnes said.
Leach has family in Lumberton and Fayetteville and “goes back and forth” between the two cities, Barnes said.
Leach was arrested in Fayetteville on Oct. 6 and charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of first-degree burglary in unrelated incidents that also occurred on Oct. 4 and was given a bond of $25,000, according to Barnes. His bond was revoked after he was charged on Monday with murder.
“It took us a few days to get what we needed to charge him with murder,” Barnes said. “We’re still looking at some other stuff, too. There’s at least one armed robbery charge we’re looking at.”
After fleeing Robinson’s front yard, Leach entered a home on Peachtree Street and robbed a man at gunpoint, Barnes said. Leach and the man got into a struggle, and Leach fled.
Leach went on to rob Go Gas at 2605 W. Fifth St. at gunpoint, Barnes said. He took $545 cash and two cartons of cigarettes, according to a police report. Leach then attempted to rob a person in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn, Barnes said. He is charged with attempted robbery in that incident.
“All this happened in the nighttime hours,” he said.
Leach has also been charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
He also faces charge in Bladen County for crimes that he allegedly committed on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.
Leach is accused of three counts each of armed robbery, possession of firearm by felon, and second-degree kidnapping, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say he robbed three people at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Smithfield processing plant in Tar Heel on those two days.
Leach has previously faced charges of drug possession, vandalism, carrying an concealed weapon, resisting an officer, and possession of a firearm by a felon.