North Carolina man convicted by federal jury of robbery, aiding and abetting

Published 6:38 am Saturday, October 23, 2021

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A federal jury convicted an Ahoskie man October 20 on charges of Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on February 5, 2020, Dytwan Donnelle Chamblee, 27, assisted in the robbery of the Duck Thru convenience store in Cofield, located in Hertford County.

“Chamblee committed the robbery while on post-release supervision from a North Carolina state felony conviction. As a part of his supervision, Chamblee was subject to electronic monitoring in the form of an ankle monitor,” stated the release. “His co-defendant, Ray’Quan Langford, was also wearing an ankle monitor.”

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According to the release, evidence established that Langford robbed the store at gunpoint while brandishing a firearm and demanding money and other items from the clerk. Langford also stole cell phones from customers who were in the store at the time of the robbery.

“Chamblee’s ankle monitor data, which records GPS location information, established that he was the getaway driver following the robbery,” stated the release. “Chamblee is a convicted felon, having previous convictions for possession of a weapon by a prisoner, possession of a firearm by a felon, breaking and entering, and larceny. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Chamblee is a validated member of the Bloods street gang.”

Chamblee faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced during the January 11, 2022 term of court.

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan accepted the verdict. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office and the Ahoskie Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted.