A Henry County grand jury indicted a North Carolina man Monday in connection with an armed robbery in 2016 at Loan Max Title Loans in Martinsville, Virginia.
The grand jury indicted Carlos Deangelo Clark, 29, of Eden, on one charge each of robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of robbery, three counts of abduction and three counts of use of firearm in the commission of abduction (those three charges being subsequent offenses).
A criminal complaint by Michael D. Wagoner of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office alleged that on April 8, 2016, at 5:13 p.m. a robbery was reported at Loan Max Title Loans at 1150 Memorial Blvd. Wagoner responded to the scene and talked with employees.
An employee stated that a male entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. Another employee placed approximately $543 in cash in a plastic bag that the armed person had presented. The armed male then fled the store on foot.
Wagoner reviewed security footage of the robbery and observed what appeared to be a male suspect entering the business with his face covered with some type of cloth. The person in the video was armed with a handgun and wearing black gloves with white coloring on the bottom. The person was wearing shoes that had orange coloring on them.
Wagoner canvassed the area and located a black glove in the parking lot next to Loan Max. The glove was consistent with the one Wagoner had observed in the video of the robbery.
Wagoner then spoke with detective Marcus Marshall of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. Wagoner showed the video to Marshall, and Marshall told him that the voice on the video during the robbery was consistent with the voice of Carlos Clark.
Wagoner then went to a business in Ridgeway where Clark worked. Wagoner watched the security video of Clark leaving the business where he worked at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2016. He was wearing black shoes with orange on them. The shoes were consistent with the shoes in the video of the suspect in the Loan Max robbery.
The glove that was collected from the parking lot was sent to the Virginia Western Regional Lab for DNA testing, and the DNA profile that was developed was found to be consistent with Clark.
This was one of 150 indictments handed down Monday by the grand jury.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to hold a trial.