Three men were arrested Monday afternoon for an assault and robbery after a joint investigation between the Moore County and Richmond County sheriff’s offices located the men in Ellerbe.
At about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Eagle Springs resident Juarez Sanchez called the Moore County Sheriff’s Office to report that three Hispanic men had come to his home, held him at gun point and beat him with a pair of brass knuckles. Sanchez told police the suspects took $3,000 in cash and his Chevrolet pick-up after threatening his life.
Moore County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to identify the three suspects with evidence from the scene and information obtained during the investigation. It was determined that all three suspects had fled to Richmond County.
Captain Bill Mackey, with the criminal investigations division of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, said his office made contact with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as Moore County law enforcement was on its way to a home in Ellerbe where the three men were believed to have recently relocated.
Mackey said officers from both agencies met at an area near 654 Clayton Carriker Road in Ellerbe for a briefing on the situation. A surveillance vehicle was sent to the address and it was verified that the vehicle police were looking for was at the address.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies, including a specialized K-9 unit and members of the Vice Narcotics Office, approached the home with Moore County investigators and arrested Ricardo Media Munos, 20, Samuel Martinez Merida, 23, and Santiago Martinez Merida, 18. Each suspect was charged with one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of felony second degree kidnapping, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one count of felony conspiracy and one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
Mackey said police also recovered the stolen truck, cash and one of the firearms believed to have been used in the robbery in Eagle Springs.
All three suspects are confined at the Moore County Detention Center under a $200,000 secure bond. All three are due on March 11 in Moore County District Court in Carthage.
Mark Gulledge, chief deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, highlighted the cooperation of the two law enforcement agencies that brought about the resolution of the incident in a safe manner.
“We’ve had numerous times to work together here in Richmond County and Moore County with them,” Gulledge said of his Moore County colleagues.
He said this operation demonstrated that officers are able to work together to apprehend suspects “no matter where they are.”