ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged a fourth teenager in the robbery and murder of a restaurant cook last summer.
Antwon Tyrek Ratliff, 19, was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 17 and arrested Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Ratliff is accused of conspiring with Jimiel Lovon Lindsey, Kevin Orlando Bowe Jr. and Jaquan Lee Tillman, of Pine Street in Hamlet, to rob 38-year-old Jesus Domingez Banavente on Jun. 23, 2016, according to court documents.
The victim was a cook at Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant in Rockingham, police say.
Warrants show the defendants stole approximately $450 from the victim using a shotgun. The victim’s body was found on a path near two apartment complexes off Biltmore Drive.
Lindsey and Bowe were arrested nearly a month later. Tillman was arrested and charged Jan. 26 and indicted on Feb. 6.
Both Bowe and Tillman were 16 at the time of the incident.
Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly told the Daily Journal last year that he did not believe the incident was gang related.
All four defendants are in the Richmond County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ratliff, Tillman and Lindsey have no bond; Bowe is being held under $505,000 secured bond — $500,000 on the murder charge, $5,000 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.
Ratliff is also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge of assault by pointing a gun.
Jail records show Ratliff is scheduled to appear in court May 1 on the murder charge and May 5 on the failure to appear.
Online court records show Bowe and Lindsey have appearances in court set for June 5. Monday afternoon, the N.C. Court System website showed no court date for Tillman.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show none of the defendants have any criminal convictions as adults.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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