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Second suspect arrested in Clover robbery

GASTONIA, N.C. -- A second Gastonia, N.C., man has been arrested in last week's robbery of a Clover McDonald's, where officials say two masked gunmen forced three restaurant employees into a freezer.

Gastonia police officers arrested 38-year-old Tony Lamar Youngblood at his sister's home in Gastonia around 4:45 p.m. Thursday, said Officer David Dover of the Clover Police Department.

Youngblood is one of two men authorities believe forced three McDonald's workers in a freezer on Sept. 3 before robbing the Clover restaurant and leading police on a 15-mile chase into North Carolina.

No one was hurt in the robbery, and nearly 12 hours after the crime occurred police arrested 40-year-old William Lewis Sims of Gastonia.

Youngblood, Sims' first cousin, remained at large until Clover police received an anonymous tip that Youngblood was staying at his sister's house, Dover said.

Clover police then notified the Gastonia Police Department, which sent nine officers and a K-9 unit to surround the home, Dover said.

Youngblood's wife came outside and told authorities her husband was just getting out of the shower, Dover said. Youngblood walked outside and was arrested without incident.

Youngblood was being held Thursday night at the Gaston County Jail, awaiting an extradition hearing, Dover said.

Youngblood faces four counts of kidnapping and one count each of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, criminal conspiracy and failure to stop for a blue light, Dover said.

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