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Deputies charge man suspected of robbing Richmond County convenience stores

ROCKINGHAM — Deputies have charged a man they say is responsible for several recent convenience store robberies across Richmond County.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Darious Shrikee Toomer, of Rockingham, held up gas stations in Hoffman, Cordova and Rockingham in late September.

On Sept. 23, the sheriff’s office went to the public to help identify the suspect, showing several stills from surveillance videos.

He was arrested without incident Friday, Oct. 2 at a local motel, according to investigators.

Toomer is charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon; six counts of assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of injury to real property; and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

He is being held on a $750,000 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 15.

Investigators say more charges are expected from the Rockingham Police Department for a robbery within the city limits.

Jail records show Toomer is also being held on a $1,500 secured bond for a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female in Moore County.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Toomer was first convicted in 2017 of common law robbery in Moore County and spent more than eight months behind bars, released in July 2018.


The following November, he was sentenced on a three-month reimprison violation and released on Feb. 4, 2019.

On Feb. 18, 2019 Toomer’s probation was revoked and he went back to prison for five months, records show. In May 2019, while serving that time, Toomer was convicted of felony larceny in Richmond County and sentenced to one month behind bars — which he served before the revocation sentence ended in July 2019.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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