Armed robbery suspect apprehended

Gabriel Marcus Hughes

Authorities say they have apprehended a Burnsville man suspected of committing an armed robbery in Nebo.

Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Gabriel Marcus Hughes, 23, of Double Island Road in Burnsville, with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, a masked man brandished a handgun inside of Samir’s Quick Stop on U.S. 70 East in Nebo, demanded money from the clerk and fled in a getaway car. An extensive investigation led detectives to identify Hughes as the suspect. He was located and apprehended without incident in Morganton on Monday night, Nov. 4, according to a news release.

Hughes was also wanted out of Mitchell County for a probation violation. Assisting in the apprehension were members of the Morganton Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshal Service-Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Hughes got a $75,000 bond. Additional arrests are pending, according to the news release.

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