Pit Stop Bar owner killed in robbery, 3rd suspect arrested

KINSTON, N.C. — The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says a third person has been arrested in connection with the broad-daylight murder of a husband and dad who ran a business near Kinston.

Tiamel Bradley, age 19, of LaGrange was arrested Saturday and charged with murder, attempted first-degree murder, and armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Bradley along with two other young men were involved in killing Christopher Chad Bostic, a husband, father of three teenage girls, and the owner of the Pit Stop Bar, officials say.

During the armed robbery around 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 — in which an SKS-type rifle was used to kill Bostic — another victim, John James Case, was also shot, suffering serious injuries, according to authorities.

It all happened at the Pit Stop Bar and Billiards on Highway 11 just north of Kinston. Authorities say that surveillance video of the suspects’ car is what led to arrests.

Bostic’s wife, Joy Bostic, said she was there during the whole incident after bringing her husband his lunch.

“I heard the back door open and heard somebody say give us all your money, and the next thing you know two gentleman came down the steps into the bar area waving their weapons around,” Bostic said.

After shots were fired, she said the suspects fled and she ran to the side of her husband. While they waited for help, he said his final words to her.

“He told me he loved me,” she said. “He told me he loved the girls. Told me he was going to be alright.”

A warrant at the Lenoir County Courthouse, obtained by WNCT, notes that one suspect took “cash register and a Samsung Cellular phone of the value of $800″ from Bostic.

Another suspect is accused of using an SKS-type rifle to kill Bostic and wound Case, the warrant said.

Joy Bostic said while the arrests have given them a little closure, she still doesn’t forgive them.

“He was my soulmate and my best friend. My children’s father. They deserve no forgiveness,” she said.

Justin Lavone Lynch, 18, of Grifton has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, among several other charges. He was taken into custody Wednesday.

Travares Marquel Lane, 21, of Trenton was charged with aid and abet murder, aid and abet attempted murder, aid and abet robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact to a felony, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Bradley and Lynch are being held at the W. E. Billy Smith Detention Center under no bond.

Kinston Department of Public Safety, NCSBI, and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office are working together on the investigation which is still ongoing. Investigators say they’re still trying to figure out if anyone else was involved in the incident.

— WNCT contributed to this report

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