Man and 14 year old charged in robberies

Christopher Stewart Wilson (left) and a surveillance picture of a robber taken at the First Citizen Bank Monday (rignt). (Images courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)
November 16, 2011 4:19:51 AM PST
Police say they've arrested a 32-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in a series of robberies at banks and convenience stores since late October.

One of the robberies is the holdup at the First Citizen Bank on Broadfoot Ave. Monday where the robber reportedly had a fake mustache and goatee painted on his face.

In all, Fayetteville police say the 14-year-old was involved in:

  • First Citizen robbery on 11/14/2011
  • First South robbery on 11/7/2011
  • First South robbery on 11/7/2011
  • First Citizen robbery on 11/2/2011
  • The Kangaroo at 1208 Bragg Boulevard on October 30, 2011
  • The Shortstop at 3400 Ramsey Street on October 29, 2011

Police are not releasing the boy's name because of his age. He's charged with:

  • Six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Six Counts of kidnapping
  • Six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon

The 14 year old's grandmother spoke with ABC11 Tuesday. She said she decided to share her story to help other parents and grandparents realize this could happen to their child.

"After this week he will become a number. In society, he will be a nobody. He will be a number. But he's somebody. He could be anybody's child," she said. "You don't want that for your child. For your Grandchild. It was a shock. It was a shock to all of us."

The woman said her grandson got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

"There is a little known gang, that's Fly Boyz, that's through Douglas Byrd [High School]," she explained.

The boy's grandmother said it started with taking bikes in the neighborhood and stealing socks from a department store.

"But deep down we know, you don't go from being a petty thief to this big time criminal," she said.

A judge will decide if the teen should be charged as an adult.

Also charged is 32-year-old Christopher Stewart Wilson of Weeping Willow Way, Fayetteville.

Detectives say he was involved in:

  • First Citizen robbery on 11/14/2011
  • First South robbery on 11/7/2011
  • First South robbery on 11/7/2011
  • First Citizen robbery on 11/2/2011

He's charged with:

  • Four counts conspiracy to commit of robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor

Wilson is currently being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $600,000 secured bond.

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