Community raises money for Onslow Co. store clerk robbed by escaped TN inmates

James Sorrow burglarized in a convenience story on February 5, 2022 Photo: James Sorrow

ONLSOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – We are learning more about the Onslow County store clerk who was allegedly robbed Saturday morning by inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail.

The community is now trying to raise funds and support the employee who worked at the Speedway at Sneads Ferry on Saturday morning.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the two men tied up the clerk, stole money and took off in the clerk’s car.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation confirmed Tuesday that the escaped Tennessee inmates were the two people who died following an accident in Navassa on Saturday morning. The inmates were initially thought to have escaped to Virginia, but early Saturday morning Tobias Carr and Timothy Sarver allegedly robbed the Speedway convenience store in Sneads Ferry. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said the store clerk said he was robbed at gunpoint and tied up around 4:30 a.m. The two suspects stole cash from the till and fled in the clerk’s car, a chase ensued.

Friends of the clerk, James Sorrow, say he is physically fine, but it was a traumatic event. Michael Brumfield and Allison Floyd say Sorrow’s colleagues have started a GoFundMe to raise money to replace Sorrow’s car which was destroyed after it was stolen. Sorrow has been working on this Speedway for two years.

After one day, the GoFundMe has already surpassed the initial goal of five thousand dollars. Brumfield and Floyd say it shows how much Sorrow means to the community.

“He’s one of the nicest, nicest guys anyone could ever meet in their life,” Brumfield said.

“I’ve seen many comments from his clients saying how great he was and how nice he was and how much he cared about all the clients he helped and how he had a great relationship with them,” Floyd said.

Brumfield said Sorrow has car insurance, but they’re not sure she’ll pay for a stolen car. He said he only had liability coverage. They are working to figure that out right now.

Click here to donate to the GoFundMe page.

If you would like to help or donate directly, you can contact Michael and Allison at [email protected] or 252-670-8211.