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Suspects nabbed minutes after armed robberies

Posted May 12, 2009 12:02 p.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2009 12:48 p.m. EDT

— Police arrested two suspects minutes after two armed robberies several blocks apart in downtown Rocky Mount Monday night.

Two women told police that while they walking at 212 Melton St. around 10:30 p.m. when a green SUV stopped near them and two men jumped out. One man had a pistol and told them to give them everything they had, the women said. The men stole $13 and three pairs of earrings, police said, then the gunman fired in the air, and they fled the scene in the SUV.

A few minutes later, two men reported to police that two men riding in a green Chrevolet SUV had robbed them at 402 E. Virginia St. One man pulled out a pistol and told them "give it up," while the second man took their money and wallets from their pockets, police said. The robbers fled in the SUV.

Officers stopped a vehicle matching the description in the 1100 block of Leggett Road and arrested the two occupants – Anthony Hendricks, 27, and Rodrice Hendricks, 26. Police said that they recovered property stolen from the victims and the pistol used in the robberies and that the victims identified the two men as the robbers.

Both men were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed in the Nash County Jail.

Anthony Hendricks was also served two outstanding warrants from Wilson County.

According to state Department of Correction records, Anthony Hendricks was released from prison on April 11 after serving nearly 1 year and 4 months for two larceny convictions and a probation violation. His criminal record dates to 2003 in Nash and Wilson counties and includes convictions for felony breaking-and-entering, wanton injury to a person or property and driving on a revoked license.

Rodrice Hendricks has one conviction for driving with a revoked license in 2004, according to DOC records.

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