Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police have charged five men in connection with nine robberies at local businesses – eight in Fayetteville and one in Hope Mills – in the last month.
Three of the five men have been arrested in the last four days, and a fourth will be processed upon his release from a Catawba County jail on an unrelated charge. In total, the five men face 69 charges.
Levon Jerod Lee, 26, of Montclair Road, is still sought by police. He is charged with nine counts each of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy, five counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and has a tattoo on his hand, police said.
Christopher McNeil, 19, of the 6500 block of St. Louis Street, was taken into custody March 1. He faces nine counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy, five counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of possession of stolen property. He was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday under a $550,000 secured bond.
Khary Eshaun Brooks, 19, of Briar Circle Drive, was also arrested March 1. He faces five counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy and three counts of felony second-degree kidnapping. He was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday under a $200,000 secured bond.
Joshua Clark, 17, of Crayton Circle, faces two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. Arrested March 4, Clark's bond information was not available.
Xavier Ahmad Cade, 21, of Hickory will be charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping upon his release from a Catawba County jail.
The investigation of the robberies is ongoing, and police said Monday they would release more information as it becomes available.
In all of the crimes, a robber entered the business and pretended to be a customer before forcing his way into the back. The most recent robbery happened about 9:40 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Burger King on Raeford Road.
Fayetteville police say they believe the men robbed the following businesses:
- Feb. 4: Burger King, Reilly Road, 9:20 p.m.
- Feb. 5: Kyoto Express, Ramsey Street, 8:40 p.m.
- Feb. 6: Little Ceasars, Raeford Road in Hope Mills, 8:20 p.m.
- Feb. 8: Little Ceasars, North Main Street in Hope Mills
- Feb. 12: Golden China, Bonanza Drive, 8:20 p.m.
- Feb. 12: Family Dollar, Raeford Road, 9:10 p.m.
- Feb. 15: Lil Thrift Food Mart, Hope Mills Road, 9:50 p.m.
- Feb. 15: Short Stop Food Mart, Owen Drive, 9:45 p.m.
- Feb. 20: Burger King, Raeford Road, 9:40 p.m.
Anyone with information about the crimes should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856, the Hope Mills Police Department at 910-429-3512 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.