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Suspect arrested in armed robbery of Fuquay High students

A 15-year-old has been charged with several crimes in connection with the armed robbery of four Fuquay-Varina High School students that sent the campus into lockdown Wednesday, as well as for a scuffle with officers as he was being arrested.

The suspect is not being named because he is a juvenile, said Fuquay-Varina spokeswoman Susan Weis. Police didn’t release his address, but town officials said the teen isn’t a Fuquay-Varina High School student.

The teen is accused of pointing a pistol at four students who had walked from campus Wednesday to the nearby Shop ‘n Save in downtown during their lunch break. He allegedly took their cell phones and wallets and fled on foot before being picked up by a female getaway driver, who police said had an infant in the car.

The students who were robbed went back to campus and reported the crime, prompting school officials to lock down the campus, ordering a “code red” alert.

Police said they had identified the suspect by Thursday. On Friday at 1:45 p.m., the teen was spotted walking into Fuquay Gun and Gold, a local pawn shop. When police showed up, they say, the teen fought them.

“During the arrest, the suspect kicked and damaged a Fuquay-Varina police car and kicked two officers,” according to a news release. “No injuries occurred to the suspect or the officers.”

He is charged with damage to property, two counts of assault on a government official, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen firearm, in addition to the original charges of four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police have not said if they have identified the female driver.