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Weldon police served warrants to Joshua Durante Friday night, charging him with the September 17 armed robbery of Family Dollar.

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Durante, 20, of Roanoke Rapids, faces charges by Weldon police of possession of a firearm by felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods, Weldon police Chief Chris Davis said in a statement this morning.

Durante was served the warrants at Halifax County Detention Center where he is jailed without opportunity for bond and is charged with counts associated with two armed robberies in Roanoke Rapids.

For the Weldon crimes he received a $16,000 secured bond and November 7 court date.

Davis said this morning both Weldon and Roanoke Rapids investigators continue to look for a second suspect.

“I all appreciate all my investigators’ work as well as the cooperation with Roanoke Rapids and the work of Sergeant (Brian) Simmons (of the Gaston Police Department) in locating the vehicle. That was very observant of him.”

Durante was listed by the state as an absconder from probation and parole and has been charged by Roanoke Rapids police in the September 26 robbery of the New Dixie Mart commonly called Presto in which a store employee was shot and the Tuesday robbery of a New Dixie Mart on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway commonly referred to as Bob’s.

Roanoke Rapids police charged him Friday morning with attempted murder, two counts robbery with a dangerous weapon, common law robbery, flee to elude arrest with motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, no operators license and resist, obstruct and delay an officer.

Durante was captured following a chase which occurred after Simmons was doing a routine check of businesses in town around 10:30 Thursday night, Roanoke Rapids police said Friday.