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Rock Hill police ID armed man nabbed within minutes of robbing store

Rock Hill police say they caught a man accused of holding up a convenience store with a gun Tuesday just after he tried to run.
Rock Hill police say they caught a man accused of holding up a convenience store with a gun Tuesday just after he tried to run.

Rock Hill police caught a man accused of holding up a store with a gun Tuesday just five minutes after he tried to run, police say.

Police spokesman Capt. Mark Bollinger said the man has been identified as Dixon Fletcher Roark, 25, of Rock Hill.

Bollinger said officers were called to A to Z Cash and Carry on Willowbrook Avenue just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. A to Z Cash and Carry is a wholesale distribuotor of convenience store items, Bollinger said.

Bollinger said the store was robbed by one man, now identified as Roark, with a gun. Officers found the suspect trying to cross the train tracks on the other side of Dave Lyle Boulevard near Willowbrook, Bollinger said.

Roark was arrested and officers recovered the gun and the money taken in the robbery, Bollinger said.

Roark has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a crime of violence. Bollinger said the case is still under investigation and more charges may be added overnight.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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