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Second violent robbery suspect found in mother's hamper

(Source: Burke County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Burke County Sheriff's Office)
MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - After weeks of searching, two Morganton armed robbery suspects have been arrested.

Tarrik Patterson and Roger Harper are charged with kidnapping and armed robbery after a convenience store in Burke county was violently robbed three weeks ago.

Patterson, of Lenoir, was found and arrested in Georgia, and Roger Harper in Missouri.

U.S. Marshals found 20-year-old Patterson in his mother's clothes hamper at her Chatham County home this week. A tip from Crime Stoppers led to Patterson's arrest after police say he fled from North Carolina

Federal authorities were involved in tracking and arresting Harper in Hazelwood, MO, last week.

It is unclear if Harper will fight extradition. Patterson, also known as "Tiko", waived extradition and will be brought back to Burke County.

Burke County Sheriff's investigators drew up warrants against the two men for their alleged involvement in a violent armed robbery.

The robbery took place at the Shop & Save on Highway 18/64 north of Morganton in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 18. Just as the store was about to close, two men wearing ski masks, armed with pistols came into the store. 

One of the men jumped a counter and held one clerk at gunpoint while the second grabbed another clerk, threw him into a store display, then grabbed him and pointed a gun to his head as well. 

"He said 'Open the safe, give me your money,'" said clerk Neel Khadka. "I told him I don't have key." One of the robbers kept a pistol to the head of Khadka while he retrieved what money he could. 

Surveillance video shows how violent the two robbers were. "Someone could have been killed," said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant. 

Both robbers, later identified as Patterson and Harper, wore ski-type masks and gloves, and were difficult to identify at first. Detectives worked leads for over a week before getting enough evidence to ID the pair and draw up the warrants. 

Both men have been in trouble with the law in the past and Patterson, according to detectives, had been identified as a "Validated Gang Member."

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