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Suspected 'box-cutter bandit' in custody in Fayetteville

Police arrested a man Thursday afternoon who they believe is responsible for a series of robberies this week in which the robber displayed a knife or box cutter.

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Julius Williams, suspected box-cutter bandit
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police arrested a man Thursday afternoon who they believe is responsible for a series of robberies this week in which the robber displayed a knife or box cutter.

Julius Williams III, 50, of Fayetteville, was taken into custody at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He is charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of common law robbery and second-degree kidnapping. 

No details of what led investigators to Williams were released.

On Monday, a Rite Aid on Morganton Road and a Chinese restaurant on Bragg Boulevard were robbed.

A Kangaroo gas station on Skibo Road, a Wilco Hess gas station on Pamalee Drive and a shoe store on Bragg Boulevard were held up Tuesday.

A Kangaroo on Bragg Boulevard, a Payless Shoes store on Ramsey Street and a Scotchman gas station on Morganton Road were robbed Wednesday.

Witnesses said the robber left the crime scenes in a white Ford Expedition or Explorer.

Williams has spent 24 years in prison and has convictions dating from 1979, according to state Department of Correction records. He was released last August after serving 18 years of three consecutive sentences totaling 45 years for 10 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of common-law robbery and one count of assault on an officer.

DOC records show that he had previous convictions for three counts of felony breaking and entering, two larceny counts and one count of common-law robbery.

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