Man who allegedly threatened Fayetteville store workers with syringe arrested

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James Allen allegedly threatened Home Depot workers with a hypodermic needle during a shoplifting.

The Fayetteville Police Department says it has arrested a man who allegedly threatened Home Depot workers with a syringe while shoplifting.

As ABC11 first reported in February, the Home Depot incident was one of two similar shoplifting cases.

Saturday, February 18 around 2:30 p.m., police got a report at the Skibo Road Home Depot that a man and woman came in and took two drills before trying to flee.

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When security workers tried to stop them, the man pulled out the needle and threatened to stab them with it - inferring that he had a communicable disease. The couple got away.

Now, 35-year-old James Peter Allen is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possessing stolen property, and conspiracy.

Only ABC11's cameras were rolling as Allen slowly walked into the courtroom Wednesday. He faces a slew of charges including multiple felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police say the similar incident at a Walmart on February 16 involved a different suspect. That suspect, Brian Graham, is still at large.

Still, shoppers told ABC11 they are still relieved that one suspect is off the streets.

"There's kids and families around," said one man who did not want to be identified. "There's different walks of life around trying to shop, so it's good to have one less crazy dude walking around and causing trouble"

Allen also appeared in court Wednesday on several other larceny charges. ABC11 was told that he is also a suspect in larceny cases in Harnett County.

For that reason, a judge raised his bond amount by $20,000 to $184,000.

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