RALEIGH — A 21-year-old Greensboro man was held on $500,000 bail Monday after a court appearance on charges that he fired a shot while robbing a convenience store.
Philip Justus Uchechi Inyama, who told arresting officers he lives at 407 E. Florida St. in Greensboro, was tied to the Friday night holdup at the EZ Mart at 1100 N. Raleigh Blvd. after he was chased by police who said he was speeding on Interstate 40 near Rock Quarry Road about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Detectives were working on the holdup case when the officers who stopped Inyama found a small quantity of marijuana and a concealed .32-caliber handgun, an arrest warrant said.
The man who robbed the EZ Mart had fired a shot from a similar gun, though he missed the clerk and two customers who were in the store.
Inyama was initially arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and speeding, and the detectives added robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
The felony that led to the gun-possession charge was in July 2012 for possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute it, police said in a warrant.