Arrest made in connection to early-morning murder


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have made an arrest in connection with a shooting that killed a man early this morning. No one, though, has actually been charged with the murder.

Police say 22-year-old Roshad Donta Jenkins was shot and killed Friday morning in the Hillcrest community off Dawson Street.

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Friday afternoon officers arrested 32-year-old Willis James Sarvis on several drug and weapons charges in connection with the shooting.

Investigators say the two men knew each other, and they believe the shooting was drug related.

Neither Jenkins nor Sarvis lived in Hillcrest, but Rakim Davis and his family do.

“This is the first time I’ve seen it this close to me,” Davis said. “I’ve heard about it in other places, but this is the first time it’s been this close to me.”

Among Sarvis’s charges is shooting into an occupied dwelling. Davis says it was his home.

“They shot through the house, and the bullet went through the bathroom,” Sarvis said. “The police and everybody came, and the detectives found the bullet on the floor in the bathroom. They shot through the other side of the house through the window, but we still don’t know what happened.”

Davis says he was not home during the shooting, but his wife and 17-year-old son were. Davis says he hopes the situation will be under control soon, because he is worried about his family’s safety.

“I just hope the police can just keep everything a little bit calm around here than what it is, because it’s getting too crazy,” he said.

Sarvis is also charged with felony firearm possession and selling/delivering narcotics. Police have also recovered two firearms, one of which they say was used to kill Jenkins. The other, they say, belonged to Jenkins.

Both Sarvis and Jenkins have criminal records. Jenkins’s rap sheet includes assault with a deadly weapon, gun and drug charges. Sarvis’s criminal history goes back about 15 years. His most recent arrest was last month for allegedly trafficking cocaine and other charges. He served nearly seven years in prison for a host of offenses, including drugs, robbery and burglary. While behind bars he racked up a host of infractions. Jenkins’s record includes assault, gun and drug charges.

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