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Couple suspected in robberies caught after chase

A man and woman suspected in store robberies in Hope Mills and Fayetteville on Wednesday were arrested after a police chase.

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Brandon Atlas Oxendine
HOPE MILLS, N.C. — A man and woman suspected in store robberies in Hope Mills and Fayetteville on Wednesday were arrested after a police chase.

Brandon Atlas Oxendine, 27, of 3537 Seawell St. in Fayetteville, and Star Etta Morrison, 46, of 3524 Seawell St. in Fayetteville, were charged with the armed robbery of the Dollar General store on Legion Road in Hope Mills and Grace's Hallmark Store at 2800 Raeford Road in Fayetteville.

Hope Mills police said that a man came into the Dollar Store when only two employees were present around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. The man placed a knife against an employee's back and forced her to open the cash register.

Fayetteville police said that a man armed with a knife robbed the Hallmark store around 11:30 a.m. and then fled in a white truck accompanied by a woman.

A short time later, officers spotted a vehicle matching that description on U.S. Highway 301, police said. The driver refused to stop and fled from police toward Hope Mills. The chase ended when the suspects' vehicle wreck on Josh Court.

Oxendine and Morrison were both charged with two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery. Oxendine was also charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

They were given separate $25,000 secured bonds.

Oxendine's criminal record dates to 2006 and includes convictions for felony breaking and entering, assault on a female and possession of stolen goods, according to state Department of Correction records. He has served two six-month jail sentences for probation violations.

"Here it is again – a repeat offender with a lengthy prior record back on the street stealing from those trying to earn an honest living," Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said in a statement. "We have to protect the victims of these crimes. It appears to me that as a society, folks forget about the victims."

Fayetteville police said they have arrested Oxendine nine times in the past two years on charges including second-degree kidnapping, violating a domestic order and larceny. Morrison has a previous arrest for misdemeanor larceny, but DOC records do not show any convictions for her.

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