Armed Robber Apprehended

Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged  23-year-old Gabriel Marcus Hughes, of Double Island Road in Yancey County, with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, October 25th, 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. 4th. 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.. Additional arrests are pending.