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Victims help nab Fayetteville mall robbery suspects

Posted January 20, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST

— Two women led Fayetteville police to two men who are suspected of robbing them and others at gunpoint at the Market Fair Mall, officers said.

Police said that two men pointed a gun at the women and demanded money at the mall at 1916 Skibo Road around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

"Fortunately, the victims had the presence of mind to follow the suspects and call in their location," Lt. Chris Davis said in a release.

Police arrested George Phillips, 18, and Demetrius Gamble, 16, both of 5342 Morganton Road – "which coincidentally is adjacent to the Market Fair Mall," Davis said.

Investigators also linked Phillips and Gamble to a Jan. 6 armed robbery at the mall in which the victims were forced to withdraw money from an ATM, police said. The victims in that case described one robber as baby faced and the second as badly scared by acne.

Phillips and Gamble were both charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.