Man, woman charged with crime spree in Wilmington

Harris (left) and Shaw (right) (Source: New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington police have arrested a man and woman in connection to an early morning crime spree Wednesday.

Ashton Fletcher Harris, 25, of Durham and Barbara Nicole Shaw, 25, of Wilmington, are accused of robbing a person in the parking lot of the Waffle House at 5041 Market Street around 2:10 a.m. The pair took the person’s wallet which contained an undisclosed amount of cash.

A short time later, the two tried to rob a person in the 800 block of Queen Street. Harris reportedly had a handgun during both incidents.

Shaw was taken into custody shortly after the incident on Queen Street, and Harris was arrested around 3 p.m. after a brief foot chase by the WPD, FBI Safe Streets task force, and the US Marshals.

Harris is facing numerous charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was also served outstanding warrants from the Durham and Greensboro police departments. He was given a $1 million bond.

Shaw was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon as well as misdemeanor child abuse and exposing children to fire. She was given a $75,500 bond.

A third person, Ziamond Kieara Ponder, 21, of Durham, was also arrested following the investigation into the armed robberies. She was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and exposing children to fire.

Officials said additional charges are possible.

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