Five men, two under age 18, arrested after robbery, vehicle chase

Thomas Smith, left, and Alexander Harris (Pitt County Detention Center photos)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Five men, two under the age of 18, have been arrested after a robbery and chase early Monday.

The following individuals were charged by Greenville Police in connection to the case:

-- Thomas Smith, 18, of Kinston: Robbery with a dangerous weapon, Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and Possession of firearm by felon ($300,000 secured bond) -- Gerardo Andrades, 16, of Greenville: Aid and Abet armed robbery, Conspiracy to commit armed robbery ($200,000 secured bond) -- Alexander Harris, 22, of Winterville: Felony flee to elude, Conspiracy to commit armed robbery ($60,000 secured bond) -- Tzyire Canty, 17, of Greenville: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery ($100,000 secured bond) -- Naysem Harris, 18, of Greenville: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery and 2 outstanding orders for arrest ($103,000 secured bond)

Mug shots for Andrades, Canty and Naysem Harris were not available.

Greenville Police said a man approached them near the 100 block of 1st Street shortly after midnight on Sunday and said he had been robbed at gunpoint. As the victim was being interviewed, officers saw several people running into a waiting vehicle.

A description of the vehicle was issued and officers located it at the 2200 block of East 5th Street. An attempt to initiate a traffic stop led to a brief chase where the vehicle ran off the road and crashed through a fence near 14th Street and Brownlea Drive. The five suspects exited the vehicle and were not injured. They were positively identified by the victim and taken into custody.

Money reported stolen by the victim was also recovered.

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