ONLY ON 3: Robbery suspect speaks out from behind bars

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Submitted: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 3:25am
Updated: Mon, 12/12/2011 - 1:32pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 17-year-old boy is still behind bars after allegedly trying to rob a Wilmington convenience store Wednesday morning. This story sparked a flurry of comments on our website; the most interesting ones coming from the suspect’s own mother who said she raised her son right, but he is making bad decisions. We spoke exclusively with Jaquan Martin and his mom in a story you’ll see “ONLY ON 3.”

“Don’t try to fit in the crowd just because you feel alone. Don’t try to act that way just because you want to be part of something,” said robbery suspect Jaquan Martin from behind the glass at the New Hanover County Jail. “Be your own man. Make your own decisions, or somebody will force you to do something that you know is wrong. Think before you act.”

That’s the advice Martin has after being arrested and jailed for attempting to rob the A&J Food Mart early Wednesday morning.

The robbery didn’t go as planned. Martin was held up by the store clerk, and begged for his life. Martin says he wasn’t in his right mind when he tried to rob the store.

“It was dumb,” Martin admits. “I wasn’t thinking because of the drugs I was on.”

He says he didn’t think about the consequences, but now all he can think about is how he doesn’t want to be behind bars. He said it’s a place he would never wish on anyone.

Among her feelings of sadness, Jaquan’s mom Tamika Beatty said she’s also happy, happy because her son is in jail and not in the ground. She’s thankful the store clerk didn’t kill her son and gave him the opportunity to turn his life around.

“He’s still my son. I still love him,” Beatty said. “Regardless of what type of stuff that he do, I have to continue to love him and nurture him and try to get him to be better in today’s society.”

Martin said he’s got a simple message for his mom and the store clerk.

“I apologize for everything I put you through, all the heartache, all the stress, the pain,” Martin said.

Martin said he used to make good grades and play sports, but then he started doing drugs. Beatty said Martin was an A-B honor roll senior at Laney High School set to graduate this summer, but the possibility of jail time will likely set him back.

In response to the comments about not knowing where her son was at four o’clock in the morning, Beatty said it’s nearly impossible to know where your children are 24/7.

Martin said his mom did raise him with morals, and he’s sorry he made the choices he did that landed him in jail.

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52 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Robbery suspect speaks out from behind bars"

2015 years 8 months ago

It would be nice if they did a story on racism, but it would never happen it’s hard to approach the topic of racism without being called a racist in some way. If they did a story and had a black guy tell it, it’s racist. If they had a white guy tell it, its racist. Just like the rest of America they either A.) don’t care B.) look the other way c.) deny it even or D.) all of the above. After reading a few comments on any site even a child can tell you its still a problem.

2015 years 8 months ago

I have a hard time blaming a parent for the actions of a 17 year old. They know right from wrong at that age, and I believe they are accountable for their own actions. The mom was probably asleep when the son slipped out at 4am. A parent’s gotta sleep sometime.

Some kids, no matter what you do, are gonna do the opposite of what they were taught. It doesn’t necessarily mean she was a bad mom.

Drugs have been the downfall of many a young man. With all the warnings on TV, in the news, and in schools, why do kids still try drugs this day and time? They always think, “It will never happen to me.”

Drugs are destroying America and especially the youth. Wake up kids, before you become the next statistic and wind up in the same spot this young man is now in.

Speaking The Truth
2015 years 8 months ago

Martin was also in a stolen vehicle in 2009 that was involved in an accident that someone was killed in. Even back then his mom didn’t know he wasn’t at school. Sounds like someone isn’t watching their children and they’re letting the streets raise em.

deputy 25
2015 years 8 months ago

er’ry body finds religion or sympathy in a fox hole!!

2015 years 8 months ago

A lot of you “bloggers” just sit around and wait on articles from WWAY about black people. You argue how you are so “justified” in your postings about how the clerk should defend himself and his property but however I noticed on the Virginia Tech story where a white man killed an OFFICER of the law, ZERO COMMENTS. Why is that? its crime, right? oh thats right, its a white man so it dosen’t count. He had “problems” I’m sure or needed someone to talk to. Nothing like what black people go through. A white man can go on a shooting spree once again but no outrageous cry of “shoot kim, kill him, etc”..WWAY should do a story on how racist wilmington is. You guys pick and choose only black stories to comment on and express your anger at guns and safety. Whats that old saying about the pot calling the kettle black, it must have originated in Wilmington. (Lets see if Scott will post this comment)