Suspect in violent Lowell mini mart robbery has outburst in court


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Deonte Brice, the man accused of pistol whipping a mini mart store clerk and her son, then pointing the weapon at her 4-year-old grandson, didn’t do himself any favors in court on Thursday.

“I’m going to set your bond at $1 million, you can speak with your public defender,” a judge told Brice at his bond hearing.

Video shows Brice’s dramatic reaction to the bail being set: He slides out of his chair, then slams something off camera. 

The judge immediately told a deputy to take him back to his cell, saying “I don’t have time to fool with him.”

That outburst came from this same man who was grinning in his mug shot. It wasn’t hard for police to find Brice. He was already here in jail on an unrelated sex offense charge. 

Surveillance video obtained almost two weeks ago from the Lowell Mini Mart on McAdenville Rd. shows Brice pistol whip the store clerk’s 19-year-old son before walking over to her at the register. He hits her violently on the head with the butt of his gun as she struggles to open the register. 

A four-year-old child was caught in the middle of all of it.               

“Mr. Brice is alleged to have gone into that convenience store assaulted that clerk with a handgun,” said the judge.

Brice kept his head buried in his hands and appeared to be crying Thursday as he told a judge he has an alibi, a witness and he didn’t commit the crimes. 

“I just want to get the right judgment, the right justice for me,” he said. 

Brice’s suspected getaway driver Dustin Lamar Bingham has also been captured. The victim told FOX 46 she hopes the suspects get what they deserve.

“It was very heartbreaking scary. I’m a mom the fact that there was a child there, it really broke my heart,” said the victim’s co-worker Wendy White. 

She works at The Grill at the small-town mini mart. She says everyone at the store has been on edge since the robbery. 

“We’ve been cautious, looking around to who’s coming in,” White said. 

Now finally, the two accused of the terror are in jail, getting this small town and this mini-mart back to normal. 

“I was peaceful, I wasn’t as worried anymore it was a lot different, it was a better feeling in the store a better atmosphere,” said White.

Both of these suspects are from Gastonia and Lowell. Police say the phones lit up right away when people saw that surveillance video and started calling giving them names of the suspects. 

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