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Man charged in Raleigh robbery spree

Posted October 23, 2011
Updated October 24, 2011

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— A Wake County man robbed six people at gunpoint and carjacked a woman early Sunday before being caught by Raleigh police, according to arrest warrants.

Michael Link Bearfield, 33, twice threatened groups of three people with a pistol and altogether stole $167 in cash from them, the warrants state. He's also accused of breaking into a silver Mini Cooper, then carjacking a woman's Lexus sedan and stealing her wallet, cell phone and watch worth $14,250.

He was caught when a police officer spotted the stolen car and pulled him for speeding more than 15 mph over the limit along Hillsborough Street, the warrants state.

Bearfield faces seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of fleeing to elude arrest and breaking and entering motor vehicle. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday at 2 p.m.

In paperwork, police called Bearfield a "habitual felon."

State Department of Correction records show that Bearfield has gotten 24 convictions since moving to North Carolina in 1999 from Florida, where he was on probation for drug charges. His convictions include 12 breaking-and-entering and five larceny counts.

He has served four jail sentences totaling more than four years and was most recently released last February, records show.

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  • crosethomas Oct 24, 2011

    I saw this happen that night when my family and I were coming back from the fair. If I hadn't checked to see if there was oncoming traffic when the light turned green we would have gotten T-boned.

  • cantstandya Oct 24, 2011

    This is the results of our judicial system,thats who needs to be investigated here,the people responsible for protecting the citizans have let this guy walk yet will lock someone else up for much longer for a far less serious crime,this man is a habitual criminal and will continue be that until he is properly confined.

  • RM24 Oct 24, 2011

    , blame the prisons and Obama. I hope I never understand the right-wing because that would mean I had become more like them.
    oldrwizr

    STILL looking for the comment where someone was blaming OBAMA????

  • RM24 Oct 24, 2011

    So lessee .. violent crime in Raleigh, blame the prisons and Obama. Violent crime in Durham, blame Durham. I hope I never understand the right-wing because that would mean I had become more like them.
    oldrwizr

    And some use comments that have no meaning to them at all other than to slam on particular group.

  • Here is a Thought Oct 24, 2011

    What in gods name does Obama have to do with a career/habitual felon? All you that site any level of politics here with this story are irrelevant; thus dismissed.

  • oldrwizr Oct 24, 2011

    So lessee .. violent crime in Raleigh, blame the prisons and Obama. Violent crime in Durham, blame Durham. I hope I never understand the right-wing because that would mean I had become more like them.

  • Wendellcatlover Oct 24, 2011

    Amen cantbtaught!!! Also, forget the 4-6 options at each and every meal. As far as I'm concerned they should go back to bread and water. Prisoners are treated better than the typical homeless person on the streets just trying to survive. Pitiful!

  • didisaythat Oct 24, 2011

    It's the who what,

    So a white collar criminal is the most evil now? Obama will love that comment. You will be a member in the Party for life.

  • hunter38 Oct 24, 2011

    Why was this clown even out? Prison is a joke....they should be made to work everyday, cut the "luxuries" out. No television, no sports activities at all. Way to go N.C. Dept. of Corrections....keep the revolving door turning....there are more victims waiting.

  • Its the who what Oct 24, 2011

    I dont care if I got to watch HBO and have recreation 24 hours a day, I still dont want to be in prison locked up with a bunch of hairy, musty dudes!!! HOWEVER, I do believe that their contribution to society should be AT LEAST an offset to what they cost the taxpayers, eventhough some of you claim to be taxpayers and DON'T PAY TAX!! (Not only talking about people on public assistance either!!) The only problem is that despite the revenue that could be generated by making prisoners provide for themselves, no one is watching the most evil criminal with the white collar and executive title who would use those prisoners as their own personal slaves to fatten their own pockets!! You see, for every street criminal we read about on WRAL, there is one with Brooks Brothers suit and tie that will rob, steal and destroy lives just like bums on the street!!!

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