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6 Charged in Armed Robbery Spree

Posted April 1, 2008 11:27 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2008 2:31 p.m. EDT

— Five men and a teen have been arrested in a string of recent holdups and a shooting during a home invasion, police said Tuesday.

The robberies occurred in March at a Wendy's on Yadkin Road, three Kangaroo convenience stores on Raeford Road and Bragg Boulevard, a Wilco-Hess gas station on Raeford Road, a BP/Amoco station on Bragg Boulevard and a Family Dollar store in Spring Lake.

Also, a Fayetteville man was shot three times in the chest on March 9 during a robbery at 4114 Dwight Circle, police said.

Police said they believe the string of crimes was gang-related.

Lt. Alex Thompson, of the Fayetteville Police Department, said all six men claimed to be part of a gang and that they considered robbing stores and restaurants as a job to make money. Thompson declined to say how much money the men were accused of taking.

Brothers Bryant Dennings, 24, of 7026 Twisted Oaks Drive, and Jerry Dennings, 30, of 6139 Sabine Drive, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the March 9 shooting.

Alphonso Stephenson, 20, of 5602 Mesa Court, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Marcus J. Morgan, 25, of 5624 Carson Drive, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

Whitley Russell, 23, of 5728 Holland St., Lot 7, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An unidentified 15-year-old was charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of conspiracy.

All six were held Tuesday in the Cumberland County Detention Center.