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Deputies: Man wanted after armed robbery at Jacksonville sweepstakes café


JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- The Onslow County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men wanted for the robbery of a sweepstakes business.

According to a news release from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, investigators issued a warrant for Deontre Ulysses Randall, 21, for the armed robbery of the Lucky Time Internet Café Monday around 11:30 p.m. in Jacksonville. In the news release, investigators also had a message for Randall: "This Warrant will not go away so do the right and smart thing, turn yourself in."

Investigators said two men walked in and held an employee at gunpoint before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash. They added that an additional warrant will likely come for the second suspect.

Investigators said both men should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows where Randall is should call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at (910) 455-3113.

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So he robbed an illegal business?

I thought the "sweepstakes parlors" and "internet cafes" were illegal to begin with. So will the Onslow County courts prosecute this business and well as the thief that stole their illegal money?

This sounds sort of like a drug dealer that reports someone has broken in a robbed them of their drugs. I suppose there is a reason that some dogs chase their own tail. Geeez....

I got curious and did a

I got curious and did a little digging. There was an article a little over a year ago where officers in Thomasville were dealing with programming of of the games. Apparently, the software was meeting a certain threshold that kept it within the gray areas of the law. That was a year ago, and I don't recall hearing about any changes to the law that would clarify the statute and eliminate the gray areas.

There is a superior court

There is a superior court injunction preventing enforcement of the law in this county due to the games being used have been deemed legal by a judge.