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Pair charged in string of convenience store hold-ups

Posted September 24, 2008 12:37 p.m. EDT

— Police have arrested two men in connection with three armed robberies at convenience stores since Friday.

Johnny Draughn, 19, of Rocky Mount, and Dexter Broadnax, 20, of Battleboro, were charged with second-degree kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Presto on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway was robbed at gunpoint Friday, and similar armed robberies occurred Saturday at the Blue Flame on Roanoke Avenue and early Tuesday at the Blue Flame on East 10th Street, police said. In each case, the gunmen forced a store clerk into a back room, police said.

Police were trying to determine if the two men were connected to a fourth armed robbery that occurred in Gaston.