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Two Murphy men arrested for armed robbery

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MURPHY, NC (WRCB) - The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year-old Jamie Willis Whitener and 38-year-old Christopher Michael Barrow both of Murphy on robbery charges from a reported December 13, 2014 incident.

On December 13, 2014 the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received a call for assistance in the Ranger Community of Cherokee County. The nature of the call was that male and female couple reported being robbed at gun point. 

Investigators learned that a couple had been called to the Highway 60 location under a ruse to give Barrow a ride who was supposedly too intoxicated to drive. Once Barrow met up with the couple he used another ruse to get the couple to drive to a prearranged place where Whitener was waiting in the woods. 

Once the male got out to assist Barrow find his supposed lost wallet Whitener appeared and the couple was robbed at gunpoint. Among items taken was an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency. 

Whitener was arrested on December 18, and during the arrest, he resisted officers and during the scuffle to subdue Whitener he broke items of personal property belonging to the apprehending deputy sheriff. 

Whitener was booked into the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office where he was placed under a $20,000 secure bond which he posted on December 31. Whitener charges included Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by pointing a gun (2) counts, Resisting Public Officer, Assault on a Government Official, Injury to Personal Property. 

Christopher Barrow was arrested on December 30 and bonded out on $54,000 unsecure bond on December 31.  Barrow's charges included Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by pointing a gun (2) counts, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On January 20, Whitener was arrested for the conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Whitener's bond was unsecured on January 23, but he remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center serving a sentence on unrelated charges.
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