RALEIGH — Police interrupted a robbery at a Chinese restaurant on Falls of Neuse Road late Saturday, arrested a man they found there and charged him with three earlier armed robberies at Asian restaurants.
Timothy Hakeem Mays, 25, of 3215 Calumet Drive in Raleigh was at the Golden China restaurant at 4347 Falls of Neuse Road when patrol cars arrived just after 11 p.m. to answer a call about a robbery in progress, police said.
Mays had $450 from the business, according to an arrest warrant charging him with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon for what police said were the thefts of $600 on June 7, $1,000 on June 12 and $2,000 on June 28.
A semiautomatic handgun was used in all the robberies, the warrants said.
Mays was being held Monday in lieu of $950,000 bail and was scheduled for a court appearance.
According to state and county records, Mays was arrested for armed robbery a few days after his 18th birthday in 2007, but was convicted of being an accessory to common-law robbery and given a suspended sentence and put on probation.
He was convicted in 2008 of three unarmed robberies later in 2007 and was released from prison in 2009.