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Suspect charged in Newport tobacco shop armed robbery

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NEWPORT, N.C. - Police have arrested a man in an armed robbery at Askar’s Tobacco Shop in Newport.

Officers say 27-year-old Kristoff Rael Lewis, armed with 2 small caliber handguns, entered the store with both handguns drawn and demanded money from the clerk working in the store. Lewis was in the store for less than 30 seconds before he fled on foot from the store into a wooded area adjacent to the commercial businesses.

Investigators say Lewis was a frequent customer and had returned several times since the robbery. On Tuesday, while conducting surveillance, an officer spotted Lewis and took him into custody.

Hew was charged with 2 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (1 count for each victim), Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Possession of Stolen Property. He was placed in the Carteret County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.
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