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Fugitive caught on 2017 robbery charges

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Authorities have captured a man in Florida after he was wanted in connection to a string of Wilson internet sweepstakes center robberies in 2017.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested 45-year-old Christopher Donnel Brinson of Goldsboro and returned him to Wilson, where he was served with several warrants.

“Brinson had been evading law enforcement since late 2017 due to several outstanding robbery warrants from Wilson and Kinston,” said Wilson Police Sgt. Steve Stroud.

Brinson is charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common-law robbery related to Wilson cases, officials said. He was also served with an additional robbery with a dangerous weapon charge from an incident that occurred in Kinston, Stroud said.

Police said all the robbery warrants were related to sweepstakes center robberies in August 2017.

Brinson also faces more charges involving failure to appear for court cases and probation violations, officials said.

He received a $561,000 secured bond.

Brinson has a criminal conviction history dating back two decades including felony larceny from a merchant, possession of a firearm by a felon, a habitual felon status charge in Wayne County and possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance in Wake County, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety website.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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