SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Three Rowan County men are charged in the armed robbery and kidnapping of an undercover officer.
Tyrese Jamale Stiller, 18, Donald Tiberio Armstrong, 36, and John Michael Sheehan, 36, are accused of robbing and kidnapping an officer Tuesday during an undercover drug transaction.
A narcotics purchase was reportedly arranged with the suspects in a fast food restaurant parking lot on East Innes Street. When the undercover officer got into the suspect vehicle, the officer was robbed at gunpoint with a stolen handgun, deputies say.
The suspects stole the officer's .9 millimeter Glock and $1,561 in cash, according to deputies. The suspects then attempted to drive off with the officer but were stopped by surveillance teams and arrested, deputies say.
"We're very fortunate that no detectives were harmed, or citizens, considering you've got a guy (Armstrong) who is out on federal release on a prior drug conviction with a stolen gun, that guy doesn't care what he does to another human being," said Rowan Sheriff Kevin Auten.
Armstrong was charged with possession of a firearm by felon, conspiracy to commit the felony of kidnapping, possession of a stolen firearm, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit the felony of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Stiller was charged with conspiracy to commit the felony of kidnapping, possession of a stolen firearm, first-degree kidnapping, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, conspiracy to commit the felony of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Sheehan was charged with conspiracy to commit the felony of kidnapping, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit the felony of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Armstrong and Stiller each received a $250,000 bond. Sheena was placed under a $150,000 secured bond.
The officer was not hurt.
"I'm glad we were in the right place at the right time to get these guys into custody last night," Sheriff Auten added.
All three suspects have a criminal history.
Armstrong has an extensive criminal history with state convictions for trafficking cocaine, possess with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession, and possession of a weapon on school grounds, among others. In 2009, Armstrong was convicted in United States Court for the Middle District of North Carolina for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of more of cocaine base. Armstrong received a sentence of 120 months, but was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on July 1, 2016, and is presently on supervised release.
Stiller has a conviction for misdemeanor breaking or entering.
Sheehan has an extensive criminal history with convictions for fleeing to elude, felony possession of marijuana, injury to real property, misdemeanor drug possession, and driving while impaired, among others.