Richmond County deputies charge 3 in assault, robbery

By William R. Toler -



ROCKINGHAM — Three young men, including a 16-year-old are charged assaulting a man and stealing a broken phone and a pack of cigarettes.

According to arrest warrants, the trio left the victim with a broken jaw, multiple cuts, bruises and facial swelling on July 12.

One of the defendants, 19-year-old David Jesse Powell Jr., of Rockingham, allegedly threatened the victim with a revolver prior to the assault.

Warrants show they also took from the man a ZTE Atrium cellphone with a broken screen, a pack of Marlboro Black Menthol 100s and a cigarette lighter. All three items are valued at a total of $107.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested 16-year-old Robert Austin Leviner, of Middle Road in East Rockingham, the same day. Powell and 21-year-old Xavier Devonte Jermaine Singeltary , of Safie Fourth Street in East Rockingham, were arrested the following day.

All three are each charged with one felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Singletary and Powell are charged with a felony county of common law robbery, and Leviner is charged with a felony count of attempted common law robbery. Powell also faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Leviner was released the day of his arrest on a $5,000 secured bond. Both Singletary and Powell remain in the Richmond County Jail, as of late Wednesday evening, each under a $25,000 secured bond.

They are scheduled to appear in court July 28 and were ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim.

Online court records show none of the defendants have any other pending charges in the state.

Powell was convicted in 2014 on a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge in Richmond County, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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By William R. Toler

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