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Man charged in Raleigh robbery spree

Posted October 23, 2011 3:25 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2011 5:50 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County man robbed six people at gunpoint and carjacked a woman early Sunday before being caught by Raleigh police, according to arrest warrants.

Michael Link Bearfield, 33, twice threatened groups of three people with a pistol and altogether stole $167 in cash from them, the warrants state. He's also accused of breaking into a silver Mini Cooper, then carjacking a woman's Lexus sedan and stealing her wallet, cell phone and watch worth $14,250.

He was caught when a police officer spotted the stolen car and pulled him for speeding more than 15 mph over the limit along Hillsborough Street, the warrants state.

Bearfield faces seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of fleeing to elude arrest and breaking and entering motor vehicle. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday at 2 p.m.

In paperwork, police called Bearfield a "habitual felon."

State Department of Correction records show that Bearfield has gotten 24 convictions since moving to North Carolina in 1999 from Florida, where he was on probation for drug charges. His convictions include 12 breaking-and-entering and five larceny counts.

He has served four jail sentences totaling more than four years and was most recently released last February, records show.