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Suspected Raleigh bank robber confesses at first court appearance

Posted February 3, 2015

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— A man making his first court appearance on charges that he robbed two banks and a convenience store had to be quieted Tuesday afternoon by the judge, who urged him to stop speaking about the case.

"I want to confess to everything," James Loyal Liken told Wake County District Judge Keith Gregory. "I hit rock bottom."

Gregory cautioned Liken about speaking without an attorney and then set his bond at $5 million and ordered that a public defender be ordered to represent him.

Liken, 34, faces three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping in three cases in Raleigh in recent weeks.

Police arrested him Monday following a robbery at First Citizens Bank at 7208 Creedmoor Road. Stolen money and a gun were found in his vehicle, prosecutors said.

He's also accused of robbing a Bank of America branch at 8371 Creedmoor Road on Jan. 14 and a Han-Dee Hugo's convenience store at 4120 Glenwood Ave. on Jan. 30.

Security images from the Jan. 14 case show a man dressed in a parka, hat and what appears to be a handkerchief over his face waiting in line.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Liken was released from prison in July after a six-month prison term for being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is also on 36 months' probation for the crime.

Liken has convictions dating to 1998, including worthless check charges, assault on an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.


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  • Vincent Vega Feb 5, 2015

    This guy was a neighbor about 8 years ago, we called him Jimmy the Rat, his roommate died of an overdose and never did see him again til now.

  • croberts11117 Feb 3, 2015

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    He gets to go back to 3 square meals a day, color TV. and jail house games.
    Seems he missed it alot!

  • croberts11117 Feb 3, 2015

    Convictions dating to 1998? We should make the judge in this case responsible for any future crimes - hence the convict will be locked up maybe for a long time. Obviously the three strikes then 10 years law has not been used on him yet.

  • proudgrandmomma Feb 3, 2015

    this what's wrong with our system. finally here is a man who own up to what he did and is ready to pay his debt to society but noooooo, the system wants to draw this out and take up time and prison space so all the lawyers and judge's get there money!

  • one_nc_citizen Feb 3, 2015

    Let him talk

  • Joe Simpson Feb 3, 2015
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    Count me in. A glimmer of hope for this guy.

  • Beth Pearce Feb 3, 2015
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    WRAL really needs to put up a like button or a love button, or SOMETHING!! LOL

  • Beth Pearce Feb 3, 2015
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    I couldn't agree more! Absolutely.

  • Raleigh Joe Feb 3, 2015

    I respect his honesty and ability to face the consequences for his actions. He may not look like much, but he is more of a man that most that appear before a judge.

  • Stormcrow Feb 3, 2015

    Talk about falling apart under pressure. This joker melted faster then a hershey bar on a hot summers day.