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High school student charged in Hope Mills bank robbery

Posted November 5, 2011

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— Hope Mills police have arrested a second suspect and are seeking to identify a third in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon.

Police said that a Crime Stoppers tip led to the Thursday arrest of Zachery Desmond Stewart, 16, in connection with the robbery of the First Citizens Bank on Bragg Boulevard.

Stewart faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. He was given a $100,00 secured bond.

A former student at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, Stewart had moved to Robeson County and was attending Purnell Swett High School, police said.

Marvin Rashaad Cummings, 21, of 1220 Weeping Willow Way, was arrested Wednesday on charges in the Hope Mills bank robbery, as well as four armed robberies in Fayetteville.

Hope Mills police are still seeking to identify the man who drove a late-model, maroon Pontiac Bonneville used in the robbery.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Hope Mills police detectives at 910-429-3519.


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  • wildcat Nov 7, 2011

    Prison time will be so sweet for them. May they learn a hard lesson. Parents where is your responsibility in raising your children and teaching them right from wrong.

  • Here2tellya Nov 7, 2011

    Are they teaching Bank Robbery 101 in high school now?