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Robbery suspect charged in second holdup

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

An armed robbery suspect who was captured by Rocky Mount police on Wednesday now faces an additional count of armed robbery for an incident two weeks earlier at the same store.

Howard Lewis Mangum Jr., 31, of Durham, was arrested Wednesday while he was hiding behind the Executive Inn and was charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred a short time earlier at the Kangaroo Express at 1830 North Wesleyan Blvd.

Mangum’s arrest came after a Rocky Mount detective happened to visit the store to buy an item just after the robbery allegedly occurred. The lone store clerk told the detective that she had just been robbed at gunpoint. The detective gave chase, called for backup, set up a perimeter and police were reportedly able to nab Mangum with a gun and cash in his  possession.

Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department said Friday that after an investigation, Mangum now also faces an additional charge in connection with the armed robbery of the same store exactly two weeks earlier.

About 10:05 p.m. on Dec. 27, Rocky Mount police responded to a call at the same Kangaroo Express. When they arrived, a lone female store clerk reported that she was the victim of an armed robbery in which an undetermined amount of cash and a single pack of Newport cigarettes were stolen. Mangum now stands charged with the crime.

A week earlier, on Dec. 20, the same Kangaroo Express was the object of a breaking and entering at about 2 a.m. In that incident, the front door of the store was badly damaged and a single pack of Newport cigarettes was stolen. Mangum has not been charged in that incident at this time.

Lewis said these robberies and similar crimes are still under investigation and more charges might be made.

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