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Raleigh police arrest four in string of robberies

Raleigh police say the arrest of four men solves a string of robberies that targeted people at convenience and groceries stores over the past two weeks.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Police on Friday arrested four men for a string of robberies across Raleigh during the past two weeks.

Ahmad Lee Banks, 20, Daryl Albert Mpongo, 22, Ronnie Donte Rand, 21, and Joshua Forrest Wagner, 20, – all of Raleigh – face multiple charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Arrest warrants said that the men targeted victims at convenience and grocery stores, including a McDonald's, Kroger's grocery store and Kangaroo gas station.

They used handguns to threaten their victims and stole more than $2,000 in cash and valuable, according to the arrest warrants.

No injuries were reported in connection with the robberies.

Banks and Rand were both charged with seven counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and four of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Wagner faces six counts each of the same charges, while Mpongo was charged with three counts of robbery and one of conspiracy.

Rand was also charged with discharging a firearm.

All four were being held in the Wake County Saturday afternoon. Banks, Rand and Wagner were under separate $500,000 bonds, while Mpongo had been given a $300,000 bond.