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Police arrest suspects in alleged robbery, beating of Weyerhaeuser

By WCTI Staff
Published On: May 29 2013 11:49:12 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 07 2013 03:03:09 PM CDT
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NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

New Bern Police have arrested three people for allegedly mugging a member of the Weyerhaeuser family.

Joshua D. Matthews, 27, of Bridgeton, and Ioma Sutton Smith, 44, of New Bern, were taken into custody on Thursday. Jaevon Marquell Little, 23, of New Bern, was arrested on June 1.

According to investigators, the three suspects robbed and beat 61-year-old John Weyerhaeuser IV at Union Point Park in New Bern on May 27.

Weyerhaeuser said a woman asked him to retrieve toilet paper from a bathroom. He said when he stepped inside, a man hit him in the face and robbed him of his cash and bank cards.

"I go in to get the toilet paper, have it off the roll, and the lights went off. I got hit from behind. Whether it was one man or two, you can see damage," said Weyerhaeuser, referencing his black eye.

There's no word on how much money was stolen.

Matthews has been charged with one count of common law robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit common law robbery, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. He was being held in the Craven County Jail under a $59,000 secured bond.

Smith has been charged with one count of common law robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit common law robbery. She was being held in the Craven County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond.

Little has been charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense and two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Bond was set at $9,000. Additional charges of common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery are pending on Little, police said.

The victim's great-great-grandfather was one of the founders of Weyerhaeuser. The company is one of the country's largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products. It also develops real estate.