Man convicted in Walmart robbery foiled by off-duty deputy

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man, already convicted of several other crimes, will spend between seven and nine years in prison for a robbery at a Wilmington Walmart that an off-duty deputy foiled.

A news release from District Attorney Ben David said Judge W. Allen Cobb sentenced Jason Dubose Thursday after a New Hanover County jury found him guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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Prosecutors said Dubose walked out of the Walmart on Sigmon Road Feb. 12 with a cart full of household items and clothes without paying. When a Walmart Asset Protection Associate approached Dubose, he brandished a box cutter and refused to stop.

Major Bobby Blackmon of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, who just happened to be there, also went up to Dubose and told him to put the weapon down. When Dubose wouldn’t, Blackmon held him on the ground until a Wilmington Police officer arrived and arrested Dubose. Blackmon suffered a puncture wound to his hand during the scuffle with Dubose.

Dubose was previously convicted of two counts of grand larceny, attempted second degree burglary, financial card theft, and shoplifting in South Carolina, and misdemeanor larceny in Robeson County.