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Authorities investigate 2 robberies

Staff Writer


Two robberies took place in the county on Friday, one of which authorities noted was a drug deal “gone bad.”
Deputies responded around 10:50 p.m. to a disturbance at a residence on the 1200 block of Highland Bluff Court in search of an orange Cadillac, Sheriff’s Office authorities said.
After deputies located the vehicle, the woman driver told them a man had threatened her with an air pistol and took more than $80 from her purse.
The man was later identified as Jackie Lee Herman, 35, of 1202 Highland Bluff Court.
The woman noted that she had driven a man named Ronald Thompson to Herman’s house earlier that night, deputies said.
She exited the vehicle after Thompson and Herman
engaged in an altercation at the residence but later returned to the Cadillac, when she told authorities Herman forced himself inside the car and demanded her keys.
Herman has been charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and one misdemeanor count of child abuse.
Police also investigated a robbery on Friday in which they said Christopher David Rudisill, 22, of 206 Lynch Street in Lincolnton, threatened a friend with a kitchen knife, stealing pills and money from the man’s wallet. The incident happened at the victim’s residence, according to Sgt. Matt Painter with Lincolnton Police.
Painter additionally noted that Rudisill has a lengthy criminal history in the area involving drug-related offenses and multiple instances of breaking and entering. According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, he spent a year and a half in prison for second-degree burglary in the county. Rudisill also has several drug-related felonies on his record and misdemeanor convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, underage drinking and operating a vehicle without a license, public records showed.
Rudisill remains under a $20,000 secured bond for robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 13. Herman has since been released on a $35,000 secured bond.

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