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Accused bank robber faces more charges

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A suspect awaiting trial on numerous robbery counts is now accused of grabbing cash from a Rocky Mount convenience store just hours before allegedly robbing a bank in Red Oak late last week.

Michael Scott King, 36, is now charged with common law robbery and accused of robbing a Circle K on Friday on Wesleyan Boulevard. He is accused of reaching across the counter and grabbing money before running from the store. King also has been charged with robbing Southern Bank later that day in Red Oak. He's also accused of an armed robbery at a Speedway station on U.S. 70, according to court records.

King, who was arrested Friday in Johnston County, was positively identified by witnesses as the suspect in the Circle K robbery, said police spokesman Cpl. Brad Summerlin.

King is accused of passing a note demanding money to a teller at Southern Bank.

King was captured by Kenly police after they deployed stop sticks on Princeton-Kenly Road in order to bring his 2015 Nissan Altima to a halt. The police had spotted him from a be-on-the-lookout alert from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

King is accused of assaulting a Kenly police officer while being taken into custody. The officer was treated at the scene by paramedics.

King — who has residential addresses in Nash, Johnston and Wake counties — also is charged with resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia all stemming from his arrest. He has separate charges in Wake County for drug possession, misuse of the 911 system, larceny and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the state court calendar.

King's criminal conviction history includes several counts of larceny dating back to 2010, according to the N.C. Public Safety Department.

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