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Vass man kills armed robber, deputies say

By Matt Leclercq
Staff writer

November 21, 2000 

CARTHAGE -- A robbery victim shot and killed one of four men who held him up Saturday as the robbers were trying to get away, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said.

The robbers showed up at a mobile home park off Wright Road in Vass and pretended to be looking for someone, said Sgt. Chuck Ferguson. They talked with Robert Anthony Eberhart and Alicia Gilchrist, who were at a home on Jolinda Road.

Once the men were inside the home, they pulled out a handgun and took jewelry and $75 from Eberhart and Gilchrist, the Sheriff’s Office said. Gilchrist had her 1-year-old son with her.

When the men were leaving, Eberhart grabbed a gun from inside the home, ran out and shot one of the men in the neck. Jaton Armont Simpson, who was 18 and lived on Vass Road in Spring Lake, died a short time later at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

On Sunday, deputies arrested two other men suspected of participating in the robbery: Terrell Lamar Jefferson, who is 20, and Patrick Legrant Geddie, who is 23.

Prosecutors had not determined by Monday afternoon whether they had reason to charge Eberhart. Eberhart could not be reached for comment.

Geddie and Jefferson are charged with two counts each of armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping. Investigators also charged Geddie, who lives on the 5400 block of Mesa Drive in Fayetteville, with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault by pointing a gun and assault with a deadly weapon, according to arrest reports.

Jefferson lives on the 1000 block of Riverside Circle in Spring Lake, reports said.

Bail for each was set at $300,000 bail.

Staff writer Matt Leclercq can be reached at 486-3551 or

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We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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