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Sex offender arrested in Chapel Hill robbery

Posted March 27, 2009

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— Police arrested a registered sex offender Friday in connection with an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery that happened last weekend in Chapel Hill.

Michael Damien Cartwright-Sykes, 22, of 127 Scott Lane, faces two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of kidnapping, breaking-and-entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Police said a man knocked on the door of a Sunstone Apartments resident last Saturday morning, displayed a handgun and stole cash and a ring. Around 3:45 a.m. the next day, a man attempted to rob the occupants of an SUV in a parking lot of Granville Towers, off West Franklin Street. When the man knocked on the windows, the SUV occupants drove off, police said.

Cartwright-Sykes was in the Orange County Jail Friday morning under a $250,000 bond.

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, he was released from prison Dec. 31, 2008, after serving nearly five years in prison for a second-degree sex offense conviction.


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  • penny for your thoughts Mar 27, 2009

    Castrate him then lock him up for life. Oh yea, and make sure his cellmate is named "bubba."

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Mar 27, 2009

    These people disgust me.

  • Common Sense Man Mar 27, 2009

    "And I thought the probation system was 'fixed' since the Eve incident."

    I've never heard anyone say that, and unless you monitor someone 24/7 there's not much you can do to stop them from being a thug.

  • SomeRandomGuy Mar 27, 2009

    RDUTEC, I was wondering the exact same thing...

  • Raleigh Boys Mar 27, 2009

    Eve Carson comes to mind after reading this. Here we have another example of some low life on probation/released from jail, that turns around and gets a gun and breaks the law. And I thought the probation system was 'fixed' since the Eve incident.

  • RDUTEC Mar 27, 2009

    What did I miss here? Is the fact that he is a registered sex offender have any thing to do with the armed robbery charge?

  • thedawgcatcher Mar 27, 2009

    Wow. Another reason sex offenders punishment should be a lot harsher.
    I say life without parole.