Wendell Danshell Hargrove, 41, of Henderson, on Monday pled guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, both felonies, in connection with a March 2018 robbery and police chase. He appeared in Warren County Criminal Superior Trial Court before Judge Alma L. Hinton.
Hargrove originally was charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor assault on a government official/employee, and felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and five counts of felony attempted first-degree murder.
Warrenton Police Chief Goble Lane reported to the newspaper in 2018 that a man at the car wash across from Hardee’s on Warrenton’s Ridgeway Street was robbed at gunpoint and his wallet taken. The victim was struck in the head, but declined medical treatment, Lane said.
Det. D.C. Brown of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was driving by the car wash at the time of the incident and saw what happened. When Brown turned his car around to investigate, the suspect, later identified as Hargrove, fled the scene in the vehicle he had arrived in, with Brown chasing him.
The chase led from Ridgeway Street to Brehon Street before Hargrove was forced to stop at the dead end on Brehon. Hargrove abandoned his car and ran into the woods behind some houses.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to set up a perimeter, and a K-9 officer from the Vance County Sheriff’s Office was brought in. Lane reported that Hargrove was located in a residence on Park Drive off West Franklin Street, where Hargrove said he had been staying.
Warrenton Police Sgt. D. Ward negotiated with Hargrove to surrender to officers. Hargrove eventually came to the door with his hands up, but refused to come further. He was soon taken into custody and had sustained several dog bites in the upper left arm from the K-9 officer.
Lane said that while Hargrove was in a wooded area, Det. Brown reported that he heard a gun shot, but no law enforcement officer was injured.
The police chief reported that the car Hargrove was driving was stolen from Vance County.
Hargrove requested treatment for his dog bite injuries and was transported to Maria Parham Health in Henderson.
According to court documents filed in the case, Hargrove was accused of attempting to break free as Warrenton Officer M.R. Groves tried to handcuff him, and that he struck Groves in the face with his forearm.
For the robbery and assault charges, Hargrove was sentenced to 8.33-11 years in the Department of Adult Correction, and was ordered to undergo a mental health and controlled substance assessment. The judge was not opposed to work release. The $980 attorney fee will be a civil judgment.
The other charges were voluntarily dismissed.