HAMLET — A man accused of robbing a local gas station was apprehended early Friday morning.
Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department say 49-year-old Harold Ray Fleming held up the Alco No. 36 store around 2:30 Thursday morning.
The department posted several photos to its Facebook page Thursday, asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect.
Capt. Randy Dover said investigators received a tip that Fleming was a patient in the Emergency Room at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Fleming had just been discharged when officers from the Rockingham Police Department arrived and detained him until Hamlet officers could get there, Dover said.
Fleming was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and booked into the Richmond County Jail at 1:35 a.m. where he is being held under a $50,000 secured bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 16.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show this is not the first time Fleming has been charged with robbery.
In 2000, Fleming was convicted in Forsyth County of 7 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery for offenses that took place between January and March of that year.
He was released from prison in late November 2018 and his parole ended Aug. 22, 2019.
Fleming’s first conviction was in April of 1988 for possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance, for which he was given probation.
However, he was convicted three months later of two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and served eight years in prison.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.