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Deputies: Men fired at farmworkers, stole truck, stole car

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WHITAKERS — Two Rocky Mount men are accused of stealing a farm truck, ditching it after employees gave chase, stealing another car and running away from sheriff’s deputies on Monday. 

Authorities say 23-year-old Keywanta Tyree Sharpe and 27-year-old Kelvis Parnell Marshall stole a work truck from Fisher Farms at 10983 N.C. 33 west of Whitakers while employees worked in a field. The men fired a gun at two workers and sped away in the truck, according to Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. 

A Fisher Farms employee followed the men, who allegedly abandoned the truck near the intersection of Adcock and Melton Bridge roads in rural Halifax County. Medina said the men fired another gunshot at the Fisher Farms worker as they got into a red Chevrolet Cruze.

Another Fisher Farms employee followed the men, who traveled onto Interstate 95 South as Nash County deputies pursued them. Sharpe and Marshall allegedly pulled into the I-95 South rest area, leapt from the car and ran from deputies.

Deputy S. Ricks and sheriff’s office bloodhound Pebbles tracked the men into the woods where they were apprehended without incident, Medina said. 

Authorities learned that the Chevrolet Cruze had been reported stolen from Wake County around May 29. The car’s owner was notified that it had been recovered. 

Deputies charged each suspect with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and assault by pointing a firearm.

Marshall faces an additional charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond, while Sharpe’s bond was set at $30,000.

Both men were scheduled to appear in Nash County District Court on the charges Tuesday. 

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