Two men, accused of robbing a Craven County salon and pistol-whipping the mayor pro tem of Bridgeton, had been arrested. But deputies were still searching for two more suspects.
Maurice Antwan Poole, 32, and Kent Cornell McDonald, 21, were in custody, said Capt. Joe Heckman of the Craven County Sheriff's Office. The suspects were each charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering and second-degree kidnapping.
According to Capt. Heckman, Poole and McDonald, along with two other men, robbed Salon 901, off Highway 70 in Bridgeton, at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 12. Investigators said one of the suspects pistol-whipped the owner of the salon, Charles Freeman. Freeman, who also served as Bridgeton's mayor pro tem, said the robbers stole his wallet and cash.
Capt. Heckman said deputies were still looking for two more suspects in the robbery: 29-year-old Noah Frank Massengill and 29-year-old Thomas Cherry Livingston ll.
All four men were also involved in a home invasion on Half Moon Road in New Bern, Capt. Heckman said.