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6 Charged in Armed Robbery Spree

Posted April 1, 2008
Updated April 2, 2008

— Five men and a teen have been arrested in a string of recent holdups and a shooting during a home invasion, police said Tuesday.

The robberies occurred in March at a Wendy's on Yadkin Road, three Kangaroo convenience stores on Raeford Road and Bragg Boulevard, a Wilco-Hess gas station on Raeford Road, a BP/Amoco station on Bragg Boulevard and a Family Dollar store in Spring Lake.

Also, a Fayetteville man was shot three times in the chest on March 9 during a robbery at 4114 Dwight Circle, police said.

Police said they believe the string of crimes was gang-related.

Lt. Alex Thompson, of the Fayetteville Police Department, said all six men claimed to be part of a gang and that they considered robbing stores and restaurants as a job to make money. Thompson declined to say how much money the men were accused of taking.

Brothers Bryant Dennings, 24, of 7026 Twisted Oaks Drive, and Jerry Dennings, 30, of 6139 Sabine Drive, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the March 9 shooting.

Alphonso Stephenson, 20, of 5602 Mesa Court, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Marcus J. Morgan, 25, of 5624 Carson Drive, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

Whitley Russell, 23, of 5728 Holland St., Lot 7, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An unidentified 15-year-old was charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of conspiracy.

All six were held Tuesday in the Cumberland County Detention Center.


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  • judge Apr 7, 2008

    Wow! I just found out the most interesting part of this story. The robbers were chased down by Fayetteville Bikers despite bullets flying. Kudos to the motorcycling community for their bravery and actions in apprehending these robbers!

  • NCMOMof3 Apr 2, 2008

    davidnraleigh, nah, that just can't be true. The good reverends won't allow it to be. It has to be someone else's fault. It just can't be that simple

  • s.wake.co Apr 2, 2008

    Some argue that our prisons are filled with a disproportionate number of minorities, primarily blacks. Could it be that it's the blacks committing many many more crimes than other racial groups?

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 1, 2008

    Am glad that the police department racked up six, instead of just one or two. Kudos to all that assisted in this arrest. Fayetteville has some great people down there, but, lately we are reading more about the thugs. Glad they are off the street for a little while.

  • casp3r Apr 1, 2008

    LOL , Justice you not like when someone plays the same game you do?

  • bronzegoddess40 Apr 1, 2008

    I think that readme is being sarcastic, after all it is april fools day. :-)

  • Redneck_Bob Apr 1, 2008

    readme why don't you ask the judge to release them to your custody so they can come live in YOUR house. That way, you can garauntee that they break no more laws and hurt nobody else.

  • iamforjustice Apr 1, 2008

    Readme..are you be sarcastic?

  • readme Apr 1, 2008

    They are being unfairly targeted because they are black. Release them on bond; I am sure they won't commit any crimes while they are waiting for trial. And don't worry about the alleged gang connection. These are just racist comments against inner city culture. Thre is no gang problem in NC. After they are incarcerated, release them early on probation. Our prisons are overcrowded, they can be productive members of society, and I'm sure they will have learned their lesson after six months in jail. Then ban guns. I'm sure when the clerk in an inner city gas station hands his shotgun in, these perps will do the right thing and turn in their handguns as well.

  • Saylor Apr 1, 2008

    Reason to still allow law-abiding citizens to own guns. If more of us owned, and conceal carried (also legal in NC with a permit)guns we might see a crime reduction. If someone knew there was a higher probability that another individual has a weapon on their person or in their home....they would be less likely to commit an assault of any kind. I think TX has less stringent gun laws than most states, and right after they altered those laws there was a steep decline in crime.