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Robbery Suspect Arrested After Leading Wake County Authorities On High-Speed Chase

Posted August 25, 2003

— A Cary man remains jailed on $300,000 bond after a high speed chase in Wake County Friday.

Bullets were not able to slow down 44-year old Robert Raper as he tried to elude authorities. After a 30-minute chase, officers finally were able to pin him in at Guy Road and Highway 70 in Clayton.

Police believe Raper is a suspect in a string of armed robberies. A police cruiser and a Wake County sheriff's car were banged up during the chase, but nobody was hurt.

Raper faces a list of charges, including armed robbery and speeding. He is in the Wake County jail on $300,000 bond.

Officials said Friday's chase began after a convenience store was robbed and workers gave a description of a driver in a green truck. Knightdale police tried to pull Raper over in a truck matching that description in Knightdale, and he took off.

Raper reportedly has several DWI offenses through the years, starting in 1982. He also has miscelleneous traffic offenses -- careless and reckless driving, speeding, revoked license, improper equipment, driving while license revoked, failure to stop for a stop sign. He also has been charged in the past with one drug paraphernalia charge, simple affray, assault on a female and a couple of misdemeanor larcenies.

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