Raleigh man convicted of possession of firearm as convicted felon | USAO-EDNC
RALEIGH, NC – A federal jury yesterday convicted a Raleigh man of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Romar Lesshawn Bartee, Jr., 25, officers from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) stopped at the Sheetz gas station located at 5200 New Bern Ave., on April 15, 2020, and while at it, Officers noticed a black Dodge Charger with heavily tinted windows crossing several lanes of traffic and entering the Sheetz gas station. The vehicle’s front windshield was heavily tinted to the point that officers could not see inside the vehicle. At that time, officers called a traffic stop on the Charger for a glass tint violation.
The charger parked at a gas pump and as soon as the charger pulled up, an officer noticed the front passenger exited the vehicle and quickly walked away. The officer noticed that this individual was carrying a red bag and was wearing a green sweater. He watched this individual walk around on the left side of the Sheetz building. The officer then informed the registration units of the description of the passenger and the direction of travel.
Other response officers located the passenger, identified as Romar Bartee, Jr., nearby at 1030 Rogers Lane. Once located, Bartee removed the sweatshirt the agent had seen him wearing when he got out of the Charger. Bartee was no longer carrying the red bag he had fled Sheetz with. Officers combed the areas and quickly located the red bag inside a trash can on the left side of the Sheetz gas station building. Inside Bartee’s red bag were 153 pills with Xanax stamped on each, various clothing, and a 9mm-loaded Glock Model 17 pistol with 17-9mm cartridges.
CCTV footage of the Sheetz was obtained by officers at the scene showing Bartee exiting the Dodge Charger with the red bag.
Bartee faces 120 months in prison upon his conviction in October 2021.
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after US District Judge James C. Dever III accepted the verdict. The Raleigh Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case and Assistant US Attorney Daniel W. Smith continued the case.
Court documents and related information are available on the website of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Or on PACER looking for case # 5: 20-cr-00495-D.