Suspect arrested in case of Robeson County man shot in chest

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – A suspect has been arrested in a shooting that killed a man in south Lumberton on Monday night. In a press release sent on Thursday, Major Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said Diante Jamaris Cromartie was arrested Wednesday.

Diante Jamaris Cromartie (source: Robeson County Sherriff’s Office)

Cromartie, 23, of Spearman St. in Lumberton, is charged with involuntary manslaugher and possession of a stolen firearm, Thompson said. He was placed in the Robeson County Detention Center with a $60,000 bond.

Thompson said it was unclear what led up to the shooting.

According to Major Thompson, deputies were called to the area of 80 Quail Run Road in Lumberton around 10:43 p.m. Monday night. The address is just outside Lumberton city limits. When deputies arrived, officers with the Lumberton Police Department were already administering CPR to the victim.

Major Thompson said the victim was 21-year-old Yhamer Alford, of Lumberton. Alford was transported to Southeastern Regional Health for treatment after being shot in the chest, but he did not survive.

Investigators interviewed witnesses at the scene to gather information to determine why Alford was shot, says Major Thompson. That investigation continues.