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Second Bandit Suspect Arrested

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FAYETTEVILLE — A tip from the public has led police toarrest a second suspect in the so-called "butcher knife" holdups.

Police now have arrested 18-year-old Russell Howard and 16-year-oldAndrew Mullen in connection with several armed robberies in Fayettevilleand Spring Lake.

The perpetrators in the convenience store holdups brandished a butcherknife to threaten store clerks.

Howard has been charged in five hold-ups. As many as a dozen robberiesin Cumberland County may be linked.

Investigators say more arrests are expected.

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