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Elizabeth City Man Gets More Than 13 Years in Prison for String of Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – An Elizabeth City man was sentenced today to 162 months in prison for three counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.

According to court documents, on October 22, 2019, Marcus Alexander Waldo, Jr., 20, robbed the Family Fare on U.S. Highway 17 South in Elizabeth City at gunpoint.  He pointed a firearm at the clerk’s head and demanded money.  The clerk complied and Waldo fled the store.  A week later, on October 29, 2019, Waldo robbed the Dollar General on Oak Stump Road in Elizabeth City in a similar fashion.  Waldo pointed a firearm at the store clerk, demanded money, and fled.  On January 21, 2020, Waldo robbed the same Dollar General, again at gun point.  Following the third robbery, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Waldo’s residence where they found clothing, gloves, and a mask which matched the description of the items Waldo wore during the robbery.  Officers also found a firearm, ammunition, and several stacks of U.S. currency. 

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Elizabeth City Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-CR-29-D.

Updated April 19, 2021

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