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A Roanoke Rapids man wanted in two July armed robberies is now considered a missing person and has been entered into national criminal databases.

Kunta Shearin, 44, faces charges in the July 22 robbery of Klix and the July 30 robbery of the Julian R. Allsbrook Highway Subway.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said on August 9 Shearin’s family filed a report around 3:15 p.m. that he had not contacted them in several days.

While he could not say whether Shearin was still in the area, Martin said when in Roanoke Rapids Shearin tends to frequent the Collins Avenue area as well as areas around Walmart.

Police had speculated last month that the two July heists were connected and have now filed warrants against Shearin for both of the robberies.

In the Subway robbery officers learned a person described as a Black male entered the store under the pretense of using the restroom. However, the person pointed a gun at one of the employees and demanded the registers be opened.

The man, who had a close haircut, wore a green sweater and stood around 6-feet tall, made the employees and a customer who had entered lie down. He told them to wait before they called the police or he would shoot them. The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of money.

In the Klix robbery the suspect displayed a handgun and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers spoke with several witnesses who provided identification. They set up a perimeter in the area and with assistance from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office conducted canine searches. Those searches led to the area around Walmart where it is believed that Shearin got a ride. Officers spent several hours trying to locate the man but were unable to do so.

Shearin currently faces two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or Detective A. Seward at 252-533-2810.