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A Wilson man faces a charge after police say he robbed a convenience store at knife point early Saturday and was arrested a short time later at a nearby motel.
Wilson police responded to a 4:29 a.m. call to the Circle K located at 2928 U.S. 301 S. regarding an armed robbery. Responding officers were told that a man entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money from the clerk, according to police. The suspect, who police identified as 24-year-old James R. Baker Jr., fled the business on foot, said Sgt. Steve Stroud. No one was injured, police said.
A responding Wilson County Sheriff’s deputy found Baker at Village Motor Lodge.
“The suspect had a knife and stolen money on his person,” Stroud said.
Baker is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was given a $30,000 secured bond.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections website, Baker was incarcerated three months in the Robeson Correctional facility from Dec. 14, 2016, to Feb. 3, 2017, for a conviction of breaking and entering vehicles in Edgecombe County on April 15, 2015, after a probation revocation.
Baker also has a March 8, 2016, conviction for misdemeanor breaking and entering for an offense in Edgecombe County on Aug. 4, 2015.
This marks the third armed robbery in less than two weeks at convenience stores in Wilson. Police continue to investigate those armed robberies — one that occurred at the Circle K on Raleigh Road Thursday and one that occurred on Nov. 5 at the Speedway on Martin Luther King Parkway.
On Thursday, police responded to a 4:03 a.m. call to the Circle K at 4940 Raleigh Road Parkway. Two men, who entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money, fled with an unknown amount of money, according to officials.
The men left in a dark sedan that was parked across the street from the business, police said.
On Nov. 5, police responded to a 10:37 p.m. call at the Speedway at 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. The store clerk told police that a man entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money. That suspect fled the Speedway with an unknown amount of money as well. No one was injured as a result of those armed robberies.
No arrests have been made yet in either case as of press time Sunday.
Wilson police ask anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.
Drew C. Wilson contributed to this story.