About 20 minutes after an attempted robbery at a Dollar Tree store, Raleigh police charged a man from Winston-Salem with that and with having the pink-and-white handgun that was used.
According to arrest warrants and a search warrant for a Lexus in which Reginald Codi Sutton, 21, was riding when police stopped it, he was the person carrying a stolen .38 Special revolver and wearing a black hat with the number 420 on it when there was a robbery attempt at the store at 1905 Poole Road about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said a back-seat passenger in the Lexus 300es admitted to having a gun when police ordered three people out of the car. The pink-and-white handgun, which police said a woman had reported stolen, was visible where it had been partially wrapped in a sweatshirt on the car’s back deck.
The hat was in the car, too, police said in asking for a warrant to search the car for any other guns or evidence of a robbery.
Police had stopped the car for a “regulatory violation” after it pulled into a parking lot at 3100 Calumet Drive, about 2 miles from the store, the warrant application said.
After questioning at detective headquarters, Sutton was charged with second-degree kidnapping of the two women in the store, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
A magistrate set Sutton’s bail at $1 million, and he was held for a Thursday court appearance.