Down East Man Charged with Robbery, Assault

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CARTERET COUNTY — On 07/22/2019, Carteret County Deputies arrested Joseph Paul-Bird Costa, 29, of 263 Nelson Neck Rd, in Sea Level in connection with a robbery that occurred at 387 Hwy 70 Bettie.

Deputies say Costa jumped out from behind a bush and held 42-year-old William Taylor at gunpoint. It was then Costa is accused of firing one round from a 9mm handgun in the air. Costa is alleged to have held the victim at gunpoint while robbing him of his wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash along with a pocket knife. Costa is also accused of striking the victim in the head with the butt of the gun. Deputies reported that Costa and Taylor know each other and the event is an isolated incident.

Costa was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Costa is being held in the Carteret County Jail under a $250,000.00 bond and his first court appearance is scheduled for today.


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