Robbery suspect faces arms charges

By: By Mike Gellatly - [email protected]
Phyteah Phequan McCormick

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man awaiting trial on armed robbery charges has now been indicted on a federal firearms violation.

Phyteah Phequan McCormick, 23, of Lumberton was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

McCormick is facing an Aug. 8 trial on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm into occupied property and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to an affidavit by Lumberton police Detective David Harrell, who is also a task force officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, McCormick was arrested on Jan. 19 on N.C. 711 after scuffling with police over a handgun.

Lumberton police Officer Ryan Fuqua pulled over a black sedan in which McCormick was a passenger, according to Harrell’s affidavit. When asked his name, McCormick said Tylo Jacobs. When challenged about his identity, McCormick became irate and exited the vehicle, clutching at his waistband, according to Harrell and court documents. A scuffle ensued with the suspect eventually throwing the handgun on the hood of the car.

According to court records, McCormick is a felon after being convicted of second-degree burglary in December 2012. He served 13 months in a state prison for that crime. He also has previous convictions for safe cracking, possession of stolen goods and larceny.

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By Mike Gellatly

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