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A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing five Circle K gas stations at gunpoint late Thursday evening and early Friday morning, Phoenix police said.

Michael R. Samson, 20, was arrested about 1 a.m. Friday, after a four-hour spree across a swath of north Phoenix, police said.

Officers responded to the first armed robbery at a store near Bell Road and Tatum Boulevard shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. 

A clerk told police a man robbed the store at gunpoint, then fled in a white compact vehicle after taking the money, Fortune said.

A second Circle K near 40th Street and Union Hills Drive was robbed at 10:30 p.m., Fortune said.

“The description of the suspect and vehicle matched the first incident,” Fortune said.

Three more store robberies took place at three other Circle K stores over the next few hours, police said:

  • At 11:15 p.m., at 32nd Street and East Cactus Road.
  • At 11:45 p.m., at 27th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.
  • At 12:40 a.m., at Thunderbird Road and Tatum Boulevard.

Four hours after the first robbery, a man later identified as Samson was seen in the parking lot of a sixth Circle K just after 1 a.m., Fortune said.

“Detectives had gathered enough evidence from all the other locations and developed probable cause to arrest the 20-year-old for the armed robberies,” Fortune said.

Police say Samson has been booked at the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix.

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