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2 Arrests Made in Wake Restaurant Robberies

Posted January 3, 2007

— Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies at fast-food restaurants in Wake County since last March.

Everett Earl Lynes, 48, was taken into custody following a chase involving Raleigh police Tuesday that ended on East Davie Street Tuesday. He was charged with 12 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of fleeing to elude arrest and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In addition, a failure to appear warrant was served on Lynes for a traffic offense case.

Lynes' nephew, Jucquin Norman Davis, 30, was arrested without incident overnight at a residence at 2904 Faversham Place. He is charged with seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

Both men were charged Wednesday in connection with two hold-ups in Cary. They are being held in the Wake County Jail on $1 million bonds.

According to police, the robbery pattern included five crimes at Bojangles restaurants, three at Subway restaurants and one each at Burger King, Hardees, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Quizno’s and Wendy’s restaurants.

In some cases, police said both men were involved and in others, only one of them was seen.

A series of surveillance photos from the robberies elicited tips from the public that led to the arrests, police said.

Investigators were following Lynes Tuesday -- his birthday -- when he led them on a chase on the Interstate 440 Beltline and through downtown Raleigh.

"It demonstrates the value of getting those photos before the public and the value, the contribution, the public often makes to solving what has been in this case a very difficult case," Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

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  • ahirshp Jan 3, 2007

    I agree PAJTOM! One of these guys is a previous felon, charged with 5 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping. They robbed people at gunpoint, causing them to fear for their lives several times. Jail will not help them; it will only make them harder criminals. It was only a matter of time before one of these guys pulled the trigger. Then a kid would have been without their mother or father. They obviously do not want to work for anything so they go around robbing people, taking the easy way out. They are not productive members of society, so there is NO point returning them to society. Jails are already overcrowded with idiots who will do nothing but become repeat offenders so I agree, strap them up and ask “Regular or Extra Crispy”. Maybe then our taxes will be lowered, because we do not have to pay to “rehabilitate” and house these idiots in prison.

  • Forgetaboutit Jan 3, 2007

    PAJTOM, please you cannot be serious. The report clearly demonstrates that these two gentlemen are idiots. If that is your threshold, then maybe we need to ask if you need to be "Regular or Extra Crispy!"

  • nowon_yuno Jan 3, 2007

    They were just trying to stock up on munchies before trans-fat was banned in NC!

  • Panther Jan 3, 2007

    Sense these two Zero’s used a weapon in the commission of a crime, and it’s not their first offence. I believe that the only thing we need to do is strap them to the chair and ask them
    “Regular or Extra Crispy!”

  • spiritwarriorwoman Jan 3, 2007

    Fellows this age doing crimes like this will generally not stop once they get out of jail.
    Should serve jail time and community service once released.
    God bless.

  • shakey4542 Jan 3, 2007

    They'll get a slap on the wrist and be out doing bad things again in no time. It's just how things work nowadays!

  • diwanicki Jan 3, 2007

    Thank god they were finally caught. No more terrorizing businesses and people for them.

  • ru4real3333 Jan 3, 2007

    lock them up and throw away the key!!!