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Robbery suspect shot by clerk makes court appearance, has lengthy record


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The robbery suspect shot by a store clerk last week made his first court appearance this afternoon. Joseph Ryan Anderson was in a wheelchair and could not put his left hand on the Bible during his video appearance from jail because of his injuries.

Wilmington Police arrested Anderson yesterday after he got out of the hospital. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon after police say he tried to rob the Wrightsville Country Store Thursday.

Surveillance video from the store shows Anderson pulling a gun on Mark Headstrong Thursday morning. Headstrong pulled a gun of his own and shot Anderson twice. Wilmington Police said they would wait to charge Anderson until he got out of the hospital. He was booked in to the New Hanover County Jail yesterday.

According to court and Department of Corrections records, Anderson has a lengthy criminal record. His convictions include breaking and entering, larceny, robbery with a dangerous weapon, receiving a stolen vehicle, assault on a public official and escape from a state prison. In all the records show he has spent nearly 13 years in prison.

Anderson is in jail under $100,000 bond. He is due back in court December 8.

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Help Him???!!!, Really?

People got to eat? Wow your stupid! Here's a great Idea ignorant lady! If he's hungry steel a taco! Or? Ask for an application? I swear to god almighty this is by far the most ignorant comment to date! Congrats Dip Stick you won absolutely NOTHING! Say's who? Say's Kblue!


it I for once agree with guesty..EXECUTE HIM he is a drain on the taxpayers and will never amount to anything but a thug criminal..If you feel so sorry for him when he gets out take him home with you and try to reform him.I bet you won't last long.

Well Denise....

Well Denise your excuse for him to possibly be commiting an ARMED robbery is the economy. OK, his criminal history goes back at least 13 years. What was the economy then? Would you feel the same if you had a child in that store getting something at the time and was injured in some fashion?