Ahoskie Man sentenced to 9 years in prison for stabbing clothing store | USAO-EDNC

RALEIGH, NC — Rashad Jerrod Taylor, 34, of Ahoskie, was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for interfering with commerce by robbery. The October 2020 indictment charged Taylor with three robbery offenses: February 26, 2019, Food Mart robbery in Aulander, Bertie County; November 14, 2019 Speedway robbery and November 30, 2019 Citi Trends robbery, both located in Ahoskie, Hertford County. On November 19, 2021, he pleaded guilty to stealing Citi Trends.

According to court records and statements made during the hearings, on November 30, 2019, at around 6:30 p.m., Taylor walked into the Citi Trends clothing store in Ahoskie with a hunting knife. The manager was present with an employee and four customers. Taylor told the manager to give her everything and led her behind the counter to the cash register. He told her to hurry and threw the knife at her in a stabbing motion before holding it close to her neck. Taylor took $475 and calmly walked out of the store.

The Hertford County Sheriff’s Office responded and took written statements and video surveillance of the theft. Shortly after, an officer stopped Taylor a fifth of a mile from Citi Trends. His clothes matched the description of the burglary. A search for weapons revealed $454 in Taylor’s pockets.

Taylor was transported to the City Trends parking lot and the manager identified him as the thief. After Taylor got angry and started talking, the manager also noted that she recognized his voice. During treatment, officers seized a small bag from Taylor containing cocaine. Officers estimated the cocaine would have cost $20 on the street, which is all but $1 of the difference between money recovered and stolen.

Taylor’s federal prosecution followed nine prior state felony convictions. His criminal record includes common robbery, assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury, two convictions for being a felon in possession of firearms, and multiple drug-related crimes.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement following sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Aulander Police Department, Ahoskie Police Department, Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh prosecuted the case.

Court documents and related information can be viewed on the website of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Or on PACER by searching for case #2:20-cr-0042-D.

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