Police surrounded a house on South Blount Street on Sunday and hours later arrested a 43-year-old former neighborhood resident on charges that he robbed drug stores Friday and Sunday.
Reginald Donnell Sims, who used to live across the street from the house at 904 S. Blount St. and now lives in Wendell, surrendered after first ignoring police orders to come out, a police spokesman said. Officers closed off the area, south of Bledsoe Avenue, until they arrested Sims.
Sims was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Wake County Detention Center.
One charge stemmed from a Sunday afternoon robbery of an undisclosed amount of cash from the Rite Aid store at 1601 Cross Link Road. An arrest warrant said Sims implied to a clerk that he had a gun.
Friday night, police said in a second arrest warrant, Sims led a clerk at a CVS Pharmacy 4309 New Bern Ave. to believe he had a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
When they got the arrest warrants, police listed Sims with a 907 S. Blount St. address.
When he was booked, however, officials listed his address as 2016 Compacta Drive in Wendell. That was his address when he was arrested on probation-violation charges last February and in December last year.
Sims was convicted of committing robbery with a dangerous weapon in February 1999 and common law robbery in 1996 and 1999. A magistrate noted the robbery convictions in setting bail.
Sims had been charged only with misdemeanors until he was convicted of second-degree rape in 1992.
Sims was scheduled for a Monday first appearance on the new robbery charges.