Three South Carolina men charged with ‘fish arcade’ robbery

Published 6:29 pm Friday, July 20, 2018

SALISBURY — Three men were arrested in Monday’s robbery of the Salisbury Biz Center fish arcade, where they are accused of holding an employee and customer at gunpoint.

Joshua Emmanuel Airline, 33; Dontray Lamarion Griffin, 21; and Isiah Tyshe Norman, 19, are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Salisbury Police Department. All three remain in the Rowan County Detention Center, each under a $250,000 secured bond.

Police officials said two black men wearing ski masks, both armed with handguns, walked into the Salisbury Biz Center, 475 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., at 2:12 a.m. Monday. They made a customer move to the back of the business and forced a female clerk to give them money.

According to a report, the thieves took just under $1,000. The thieves also took cellphones from the customer and employee. One of them was recovered outside the business.

No one was injured.

Police Chief Jerry Stokes said Friday the Rowan County Gun Violence Task Force received information that led to the arrests. The three were arrested in a joint police operation Thursday night at Happy Traveler Inn, 1420 E. Innes St.

Stokes said officers called out for the three to surrender, and they did so without incident.

Stokes said his department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Mocksville Police Department, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police provided an armored vehicle.

Stokes said the reason for the heavy law enforcement presence at the motel was because investigators believed the men would be armed as well as the nature of the robbery at the fish arcade.

In April, Griffin was charged by Greenwood, South Carolina, police with possession of a stolen handgun. Officials there responded to a call about shots fired and spotted two men sitting in a vehicle nearby. The driver, Dontray Griffin, ran away with the vehicle still running. He led police on a short foot chase and was arrested.

A stolen handgun was found in the car and later linked to an incident in Greenwood County.

Isiah Norman, also of Greenwood, was charged earlier this year in Greenwood with failure to stop for a lawful command and violation of conditions of release.