Police make arrest in string of robberies reaching back to summer

From staff reportsJanuary 25, 2013 

James Kelvin Medlin

— Police have charged a 55-year-old man in connection with a string of home invasions in Wake County reaching back to August.

James Kelvin Medlin was taken into custody Thursday night by Raleigh police officers during a traffic stop.

The Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged Medlin with crimes on six occasions since summer.

The latest was on Thursday in the 1400 block of Kershaw Drive, according to Raleigh police.

Just after 6 p.m., a 90-year-old man reported that after returning home from running errands, he was confronted by a man who forced him into his residence and robbed him of cash at gunpoint before fleeing.

Medlin is charged with felony breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping in connection with that incident.

Medlin is also charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of assault on a female, one count of sexual battery, one count of attempted first-degree rape, one count of attempted common law robbery and one count of common law robbery in connection with crimes from Aug. 17 to Nov. 30.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation involving the Apex Police Department, the Cary Police Department, Raleigh police and the Wake sheriff’s office.

Cases in other jurisdictions are pending.

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