Home invasion ‘mastermind’ sentenced to prison for Elizabethtown robbery

Marcus Blake (Photo: District Attorney's Office)

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Kelly man will spend up to 13 years in prison for his role in an armed home invasion and robbery.

According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, Marcus Blake, 35, pleaded guilty  to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, First Degree Burglary, and Possession of Firearm by Felon in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday.

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The home invasion happened in Elizabethtown during the evening hours of January 6, 2017.

Blake met with his two co-defendants, Rohon Atkins and Willie McLaurin, and orchestrated a plan to rob the victims of money and drugs. Blake also supplied Atkins and McLaurin with a firearm before his two co-defendants left the meeting location.

Acting at Blake’s direction, Atkins and McLaurin proceeded to a home on Sand Pit Road where they forced their way into the home and robbed two victims of drugs and a small amount of cash at gunpoint.

The pair later reunited with Blake to return the handgun and split the robbery proceeds.

The victims notified law enforcement of the robbery and were able to give a description of the suspects as well as their vehicle. Later that evening, Atkins and McLaurin were spotted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in a vehicle matching the description that the victims provided.

Once the vehicle was pulled over, deputies located drugs and another firearm in the vehicle and both men were arrested.

Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office learned that Blake was the mastermind.

Atkins and McLaurin have previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the home invasion and are each also currently serving prison sentences.