Pair tried to kill NC town’s mayor pro tem during robbery, police say
KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Kinston police have charged a man and a teen with the attempted murder of the city’s mayor pro tem.
Officers said in a news release Monday that on Friday, Robert Swinson IV, who is a city councilman and the mayor pro-tem of Kinston, told them the two showed up at his funeral home on East Blount Street demanding money.
The suspects got away without taking anything but fired three shots, police said.
Responding officers found the pair and a foot chase ensued. Officers then captured both suspects.
Mark Branthoover is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, second degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, and resisting a public officer.
Branthoover is being held under a $1.2 million bond in the Lenoir County Jail.
The 15-year-old was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville.
However, because of the teen’s age, no more information will be released