Crime

Police charge Raleigh man with three armed robberies

Police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man they have accused of robbing at gunpoint 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 are in connection to the two earlier robberies, after police accused him of detaining two employees against their will.

Liken is on probation for a conviction in January 2014 for gun possession by a felon. He is being held without bail pending his first court appearance Tuesday.

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