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ONLY ON 3: Robbery suspect speaks out from behind bars

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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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Poor Little Boy

Just another example of someone getting caught and all of a sudden they are just a poor little boy who got caught the first time they ever did wrong.
BULL, he was to be court that morning for drug charges so he had already been arrested at least once so he knew what jail was like.
It's funny how all the people are saying that clerks shouldn't have guns, they may make a mistake and kill someone wrongly, and on and on.
Never do you see the HOOD people saying anything but how they are so good and the honest hard working people are so wrong.
These HOODIES have guns and that's alright?
First, this low life was already on his way to court/jail, out at 4 am trying to rob someone, maybe for court cost that morning, so it's the court's fault, and people think he's a good kid, yea right, the only thing wrong here is that I wasn't the one he tried to rob because if he had, I would have saved the state a lot of money.
Folks, look at the news and it's stuff like this or worse every single day, the state of NC has freed up the laws allowing us honest folks the right to protect ourself and it's because the state itself knows that they can't do anything with them so it hopes that maybe we will help them out.
We are headed back to the days of the wild west where everyone had a gun and justice was quick and fast. Now if the court and the state would just hang everyone on death row today like 12 honest people told them too, and do so everytime these low life HOOD WANTABES tried this crap, we would be better off.
Just look at the cost savings, reductions in many areas:
Less free housing because most of these lowlifes live there.
Less food stamps
Less welfare
Less babies without daddies
Less in jail because we have put them in the ground.

Now before you start putting on here that I am a racist, I am not but facts are facts and facts are color blind. 90 percent of what you see on here doing crimes are HOODIES and wantabes. The only time you see good news anymore is when the HOODIES AND AGNGS are killing each other.


You are right,give the little thugs all they deserve.

Oprah Winfrey did a show

Oprah Winfrey did a show about a white man that turned his skin black to live as a black man for one month...Per his words he did not last a week. Walk in the shoes of a black man before you criticize and demean what you dont FULLY understand. Who do you think created this mess?

Only the lazy

Only lazy black people try to blame their failures on their skin color.

you are right--almost

Only an ignorant or innocent black man blames his failures on his skin color. Ignorant is not dumb but just not realizing of the fact that mayde they are wromg. And innocent because there is collateral damage or innocent bystanders


So it's the white mans fault once again??? How funny. You racist pig. Time to grow up and learn to be a man.

Thug, nothing more

He has been arrested many times for drugs, is a validated gang member of the Folk Gangsters Disciples and has fought/resisted the police in the past. It won't be long and he will end up in the ground and he still won't be considered a good boy.

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.

Well that just breaks my heart, you have to pay for your actions. Sniffle.

McMahon's Motel

It is amazing how attitudes can change after a short stay in McMahon's Motel.

if you dont know him dont

if you dont know him dont judge him and worry about you and your life and not Jaquan Martin. yes he makes mistakes but its people like you that he dosent need to hear from!
~Monique~ GQ

I don't want to know him

You are correct 'his wife', I don't know him nor do I want to know him. I don't associate with criminals, gang bangers or druggies. I do worry about my life being as I stop into convenience stores to purchase drinks and could be in one when your 'husband' decides he needs some walking around money.

Once again, armed robbery isn't a mistake, it is a choice. Anybody that makes that choice has some maturity issues.

I'm going out on a limb here, is he also your babies daddy?

Wouldn't want to know him!

When he walked into a store with a gun for the sole purpose of robbing the place he opened the door for judgments to be made about him.

Mistakes? I've made MANY mistakes in my life but I have not once committed a felony with a weapon!

People like who; law abiding, honest, working citizens that actually contribute to society as opposed to abusing it?

Honestly, it's people like yourself WE don't need to hear from!

I do know this boy and his

I do know this boy and his mother. I have know them for a long time. I can speak to her efforts to raise her children and have them do the right thing. It is not as simple as people make it out to be and it can happen to any of us. Drugs are in all our school and no matter how hard staff work to keep them out they are still there. I understand that the store clerk needs to protect himself, and I thank him and God for not shoting Jaquan. As for Jaquan I pray this is his bottom and that he does turn his life around. He is a very bright young man and it is shame to waste his talent. We all should be praying with and for this family because addiction can destroy any of us. We need to remember this.

Did you leave your brain

Did you leave your brain elsewhere chick?? Seriously....I mean we don't need to know him. What I know is that there is one less criminal and gang member on the street. Hey he doesn't like it in jail??? Well that's just too damn bad. He, by his own accord, put himself in there. I do not feel sorry for you or him. I do, however,feel for his mom. He pulled the wool over her eyes. I hope that this stay in a taxpayer hotel lasts awhile. Lol awww poor little boy is scared now that he is with the big dogs. Hey kid you play adult games you better be ready to take the adult consequences

We don't need to know him

We don't need to know him to form an opinion. We are worried about our lives, and that is why we want this punk thug locked up. If he doesn't want strangers talking about him, maybe he shouldn't go around trying to rob strangers. Easy enough for you? Do you need me to break it down any further for you? Was that simple enough?

Oh please

Its people like us that don't need him. He is a weed in the garden of life and should be pulled so the healthy plants can grow. Let him use his efforts to do good and actually contribute in a positive way. HE has chosen not to do so. Sorry you made the mistake to marry a thug. I guess you cant fix stupid.


Tell him to quit breaking the law and he wouldn't have to hear from anyone !

Don't know him

I do not know him, and thank God for that. It really gets tiresome hearing people making excuses for losers. This kid will be dead before he is 25. It will be better for him and it will be better for the country.

If you don't know him

I don't know him.
I don't have to.
His kind are a dime a dozen.
And before you call me racist, I meant the lazy, don't want an honest job, thieving, robbing piece of crap that passes as young thugs of today.

And yes, I do worry about my life and my loved ones lives, because thugs like him could kill them in a stupid robbery that nets him $10.

Your damn right he doesn't like jail. No baby mama's, no drugs, and if he does anything, chances are it will be productive.

If your his wife, why is he living at home with mom. Could it be you don't have very high standards. By that I mean, he doesn't have a job, he has a record, and is well on his way to life in prison.

Your right about one thing. He doesn't need to hear from me. He's too busy listening to other thug rats telling him an honest job is for fools. Being married is for dummies. Being a father is a "no show" job. It's more important to be a "playa".

If you are married to this guy, make him MAN UP, and do the right thing. I doubt you can, even if you wanted to.

I know he won't listen to me, he probably won't listen to you either.

No, it's people like him and

No, it's people like him and I that will be on his jury and will make sure his butt has several years in prison to keep him from doing this again. Because we all know when he gets out he's going to again. And if you find yourself defending him then maybe we don't need your or your ilk around either.


He didn't make a mistake. He chose to do what he did and he will pay a consequence for that. He could have paid with his life if the clerk had shot him. When you live the life of a hood, you are going to act like a hood and die like a hood. If you are his wife, perhaps you need to have a heart to heart talk with him and tell him that you are not willing to live that kind of life and he needs to get straightened out. That would be doing him justice sweetie!

He is young and he can change; it will come from within himself. Perhaps some time in the pokey will give him that time to think about what he has done and what he wants to do with his life.

I don't want to know him

I don't want to know this piece of garbage but I do have to worry about him. You see, your little hero didn't make a mistake, he chose to commit armed robbery. I might be in the store the next time this punk decides to try again.
It is people like me this little jerk needs to hear from, the people that are tired of criminals and will not take their crap. His "work" choice could lead to his eternal dirt nap.

Since you claim to be his wife Monique, let me take a guess, he be da baby daddy an' he done didz be outs shoppinz fo' formula.

We know him by his actions

We know him by his actions of trying to rob a store. We learned more about him after he was arrested AGAIN. He is gonna hear from the judge that represents the people and I hope he hears a long prison sentence. He will continue to be a drain on society while in prison and one after he gets out...