Police charge Raleigh man used machete to rob convenience store

From staff reportsJanuary 2, 2013 

Derek McPherson

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Police have charged a 32-year-old Raleigh man with robbing a Han-dee Hugo’s convenience store and two women in it while armed with a machete on New Year’s Day.

Derek McPherson of 2302 Fox Ridge Manor Road was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer.

Police arrested him after a brief chase outside the store at 800 S. New Hope Road, at the corner of Poole Road. The incident happened about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The kidnapping charge is often lodged when a business employee or customer is forced to move during a robbery or is held in one place against his or her will.

According to his arrest warrants, McPherson took $107.59 from the store, $10 from one of the women and $2.28 from the other before he ran.

McPherson’s bail was set at $2,005,000.

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