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Man charged with Raleigh robberies

Police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man they accused of using a gun to rob two Raleigh banks and a convenience store in recent weeks.

James Loyal Liken of Raleigh has been charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of kidnapping, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Police apprehended Liken shortly after 11 a.m. following reports of an armed robbery at the First Citizens Bank at 7208 Creedmoor Road.

Witnesses told police that a man armed with a black revolver entered the bank, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Sughrue said.

A short time later, officers arrested Liken in the 3900 block of Arrow Drive near Crabtree Valley Mall.

Investigators also accused Liken of using a handgun to rob the Bank of America at 8371 Creedmoor Road on Jan. 14 as well as a Handy Hugo convenience store at 4120 Glenwood Ave. in Jan. 30, Sughrue said.

The kidnapping charges stem from the two earlier robberies, after police accused him of detaining two employees against their will.

Liken is on probation for a previous conviction of possession by a felon. He is being held without bail pending his first court appearance Tuesday. From staff reports