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A Gates man charged in a 24-count federal armed robbery indictment waived his rights to a detention hearing today and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal Service, according to court records.

Jacob Austin Evans appeared before Magistrate Judge James E. Gates in Raleigh via video conference with his counsel.

The court accepted his waiver and the government’s motion for detention.

Arraignment is set for the June 15 term of court in Raleigh before District Judge James C. Dever III.

Evans, 23, and Jequayves Britt, 19, of Sharpsburg were named in March in a 24-count indictment which charges them in a string of armed robberies across six counties last July.

The indictment includes charges related to the July 16, 2019, armed robbery of The Store Next Door on Fifth Street.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in March the men could face up to life in prison if convicted.

As of this report, the arrest warrant for Britt had not been returned as executed.

The Roanoke Rapids robbery occurred around 9:30 the evening of July 16, police said at the time. 

A person entered the store wearing a mask and showed a weapon. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. There were no injuries.

The robber fled the store on foot and a canine track indicated the person traveled north toward the apartment complex behind the business.