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Authorities say the man involved in the Wilson County Senior Activity Center robbery Wednesday is the same man who a N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles agent fatally shot thereafter on Jordan Street.
Wilson police and the State Bureau of Investigation identified the man as 27-year-old Roy Anthony McAllister Jr. According to witnesses and victims at the senior center, McAllister entered the building on Goldsboro Street and encountered an employee prior to the center opening, Wilson police Sgt. Steve Stroud said in a news release.
Sandra Carter, the center’s director, spoke to The Wilson Times Thursday morning about her encounter with McAllister.
Police said McAllister demanded money and attempted to sexually assault an employee while holding the person against their will. The victim, police said, attempted to escape and was subsequently struck in the face. Stroud said several elderly women came into the senior center and interrupted the assault.
“These victims were forced into an office and made to lie down and one was robbed of her car keys,” Stroud said in a news release.
McAllister then fled the center on foot, police said.
Stroud said while officers were initially responding to the early morning robbery, a Wilson police officer detained a person at the Wilson Doughnut Shop on Tarboro Street — less than 2 miles away from the senior center.
“The person detained was immediately determined not to be involved and was released,” Stroud said.
During the initial Wilson police response, DMV License and Theft Bureau investigators made contact with McAllister a short distance from the senior center, Stroud said.
McAllister was shot and killed, police said.
The SBI has not yet released the name of the DMV agent involved in the fatal shooting. SBI spokeswoman Anjanette Grube told The Wilson Times earlier Thursday that the DMV agent “encountered McAllister because he fit the description of a suspect of a robbery that had just been reported.”
SBI officials wouldn’t say whether McAllister was armed with a weapon, but said the SBI investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing.
Stroud said the items located on McAllister’s person at the scene, which was in the 600 block of Jordan Street, belonged to the senior center robbery victims. Jordan Street is less than a mile away from the center.
McAllister was convicted of felony common-law robbery in Wilson County in 2010, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was also convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in Wilson County in 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison, state records show. In 2017, he was convicted of possession of a weapon by an inmate.