Official: Break-in suspect is brother of alleged Havelock bar shooter

POSTED: 12:52 PM Jul 11 2013   UPDATED: 5:03 PM Jul 11 2013

Three months after a Havelock bar shooting that killed a retired Marine, the alleged gunman's brother has been charged for a string of thefts, investigators said.

According to Havelock Police, 20-year-old William Alexander Pugh (left), of Havelock, tried to commit an armed robbery in early July and was behind a series of vehicle break-ins in late May.

He is the brother 18-year-old Jonathan Pugh (right), the suspect in the April 14 shooting at the "Flyers" bar in Havelock, said city spokesperson Diane Miller. Jonathan Pugh has been charged with murder for the death of 39-year-old Todd Asa North, a retired Marine. Five others were injured, investigators said.

The alleged shooter's brother, William Pugh, allegedly tried to take money from a victim in the Cedar Ridge Lane area of Havelock on July 6.  The suspect brandished a handgun, police said.

During the investigation, officers also learned that William Pugh was responsible for a series of car break-ins on May 31, police said. The alleged crimes happened on Poplar Street, Fox Hall Road and Pineview Street.

Police said they were able to recover the items stolen, including laptop computers, GPS units and iPods.

In addition to being charged for the attempted robbery, Pugh has been charged with four counts each of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny after breaking and entering. Pugh was being held in the Craven County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Police said the investigation into the vehicle break-ins is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Havelock Police Department at 252-447-3212. 

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Those with information may also contact the Craven County Crime Stoppers Hot Line at 252-633-5141.  Details leading to an arrest may result in a reward of up to $1,000.