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2 men arrested in string of armed robberies in Charleston

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Two people have been arrested and charged with armed robbery in what authorities are saying could be a string of violent crime.

24-year-old Feraud Lemon and 31-year-old Antonio Simmons were arrested Friday morning after police said they robbed the McDonalds on Magwood Drive in West Ashley.

According to authorities, the two men could be linked to as many as a dozen armed robberies around the Lowcountry over the last three months.

"There were a host of convenient stores and gas stations, and restaurants in some instances," Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

While authorities did not release names or descriptions, they did say there could be others arrested for their part in the robbery campaign.  This type of group-oriented crime is not a rare event in the Lowcountry, according to Cannon.

"You'll have a group that comes together," he said. "The dynamics gel and basically they commit armed robberies until we catch them."

The FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security assisted with the search, which took many overnight patrols to be able to piece together enough information to make the arrests.

"Is unprecedented the amount of cooperation and resources that have been jointly put on this particular case," Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said.

The arrests, Mullen said, also brings up the problem of repeat offenders.  According to authorities, Simmons has a history of violence on his record. Mullen is hoping the suspect will not receive a bond from a judge on Saturday morning.

"We want to make sure that, once he's locked up tonight, that he's not going to be out in the community committing more crimes and victimizing more people," Mullen said.

While the city of Charleston has been the only agency to file charges, both the city and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said additional charges are pending.
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