2 charged with robbing teen

Ryshawn Diggs, left, and Tashaad Rhodes are facing multiple felony charges after police say they robbed a 16-year-old in late June.

By William R. Toler | wtoler@civitasmedia.com

ROCKINGHAM — Two men are facing felony charges stemming from a late-June robbery.

According to arrest warrants, 23-year-old Ryshawn Keyontai Diggs, of Lassiter Road, Rockingham, and 26-year-old Tashaad Ahamad Rhodes conspired with a third, unknown suspect to rob a 16-year-old.

Documents allege that Diggs, holding a sliver handgun, robbed the teen of $216 in cash and a $300 cellphone on June 26.

When detectives Ronald Brigman and Shawn Paxton of the Rockingham Police Department attempted to arrest Diggs on July 1 at a Armstead Street home, they say he ran out the back door and tried to run away.

Police say they also found 1.5 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Both Diggs and Rhodes are charged with one count each of felony conspiracy and felony second-degree kidnapping.

Diggs faces additional felony charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and two counts of resisting a public officer.

According to jail records, Rhodes was released July 3 on a $15,000 secured bond. Diggs was still in the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond Monday afternoon.

They are both scheduled to appear in district court July 16.

Online court records show neither man has any other pending charges.

Diggs was released from prison in January after serving seven months following a probation revocation for possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor breaking and entering, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

He also served time after being convicted on a felony charge of larceny from the person and misdemeanor counts of assault on an officer or state employee and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

Records show Diggs was also convicted in Scotland County on felony charges of breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and larceny of more than $1,000 and a count of misdemeanor larceny.

Rhodes has no prior convictions in North Carolina.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.