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Police: Links to 1991 crime spree helped nab 'box-cutter bandit'

Posted April 29, 2011

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— A man arrested Thursday in connection with a string of robberies in Fayetteville this week served more than 17 years in prison for a similar crime spree in 1991, police said Friday.

Julius Williams III, 50, of Fayetteville, was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of common law robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $105,000 bond.

A man armed with a box cutter or knife robbed eight businesses in Fayetteville – four gas stations, two shoe stores, a pharmacy and a restaurant – between Monday and Wednesday.

A Fayetteville police detective recalled a similar spree in 1991, and research led investigators to Williams, police said.

He was convicted of a dozen robberies that occurred between May and December 1991 and was in prison until last July, police said.

Williams' mother filed a missing person report on him on Wednesday, police said, noting he hadn't been seen since leaving her home in her white SUV on Monday.

The SUV, which matched the description of the vehicle the robber used to flee the crime scenes, was found Thursday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said. Williams was later arrested in the hospital.

Fingerprints from one of the robberies matched Williams', and the clothing he was wearing at the hospital was similar to that seen in security video from three of the robberies, police said.


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  • ccs1920 Apr 29, 2011

    jbarron4950/ The Innocense Panel should be done away with. It only came about because it's considered politically correct and it made William Barber happy.

  • jbarron4950 Apr 29, 2011

    I want a second opinnion from the innocents panel......dare107

    It's the "innocence" panel. I guess some of you people find it funny that several men have spent almost 20 years in prison for a crimes they didn't commit. This same panel finally got them vindicated after a portion of their lives had been stolen through no fault of their own. Let me give you the first opinion on your intelligence. Zero

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 29, 2011

    @dare107, the "Innocence Panel" has ruled on this guy. Guilty. If only all cases were so cut and dried as this one seems.

  • dare107 Apr 29, 2011

    I want a second opinnion from the innocents panel

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 29, 2011

    He missed all his friends in prison. He'll have plenty of time to catch up now.

  • dfendrjimray Apr 29, 2011

    He is obviously the victim here.

  • bigal02282 Apr 29, 2011

    He had 17 years to come up with a game plan once he got out and THIS was IT?

  • kjackson47 Apr 29, 2011

    Being a good and decent person is hard for some folks

  • bottleworks Apr 29, 2011

    "I am certain he will learn his lesson this time." I'm not so sure.

  • husk8corn Apr 29, 2011

    He must of missed prison life.