Crime

Shooter left man for dead after robbery, Wake deputies allege

Jamal Lamont Sims
Jamal Lamont Sims

Jamal Sims set up a meeting with a man he knew and that man's girlfriend at a house near Zebulon in late August, then robbed them and shot the man multiple times while the woman fled to get help, Wake County sheriff's deputies charge in arrest warrants served this week.

Investigators swore out arrest warrants for Sims, 29, of 2741 Rosinburg Road near Zebulon, on Aug. 29, six days after the attack.

They found out he had fled to the Atlanta area, however. He was arrested there and returned to Wake County and taken before a judge on Monday on charges of attempted murder, robbery and illegal gun possession.

An investigator said in the attempted-murder warrant that Sims “did lure the victims to a specific location in order to ambush” them. The warrant says Sims shot David Watkins and left him for dead.

The warrant also states that authorities believe Sims talked to the woman about whether she or Watkins should be shot first. Watkins was shot, and the woman ran to a neighboring house, the investigator wrote.

Deputies found out what happened after they got a call about a shooting at 1316 Parks Village Road, a spokesman said.

Watkins was taken to WakeMed Hospital and survived his wounds, the spokesman said. He also said Watkins and Sims knew each other before the incident.

According to charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, Sims took Watkins’ wallet with $1,400 in cash and his cell phone and watch. The charges said Sims took a designer handbag, a wallet and a phone from the woman.

The gun-possession charge stems from Sims’ having several felony convictions. Felons cannot have guns, state law says. The gun was a revolver, an arrest warrant said.

Sims was most recently released from prison last December and is also accused of a parole violation, the spokesman said. Sims was transferred to the state prison system after his court appearance. He is due back in court in Wake County on Nov. 1.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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