Man charged after robbery, hostage situation

January 10, 2008 1:41:11 PM PST
A late night hostage situation ended peacefully in Fayetteville Wednesday. Police say it all started with a robbery inside the Lucky 7 Food Mart on Raeford Road.

Police responded to the robbery call around 9:30 p.m. When the officers found the store clerk Tina Adkins, 52, being held against her will.

Police identified the suspect as Jeffrey Deavers, 21. According to the responding officer, Deavers had what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun.

Just before midnight Adkins was released without injury and Deavers was taken into custody without incident.

In the end, officials said Deavers was armed with a "very real" looking handgun, but upon further inspection, it was determined that the gun was actually some type of non-lethal weapon (BB gun, Air-Soft gun, etc.).

"This was an excellent job by all members of our department. The responding officer did a great job. Patrol, Detectives, Emergency Response Team and Negotiators worked great as a team to bring this situation to a safe conclusion," Chief Tom Bergamine stated in a press release.

Deavers has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. He remains in custody under a $25,000 bond.


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