Teen charged with multiple robberies near UNCG campus

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James Jones Simpson Jr.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Yanceyville teen is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a series of robberies that had many college students on edge during the last several months, according to a news release from the Greensboro Police Department.

James Jones Simpson Jr., 19, has been tied to at least five crimes that occurred at University Village between early September and mid-November, the release said. Many of the victims were UNCG students, resulting in a cooperative effort between the Greensboro Police Department and the UNCG Police Department to find the suspect.

Simpson is facing the following charges for offenses that occurred in the 1700 block of Walker Avenue:

  • Two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an armed robbery on Sept. 2
  • Two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an armed robbery of two men on Sept. 15
  • Two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an armed robbery of two students the night of Nov. 6
  • Two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an armed robbery on Nov. 10

He is also facing one charge of larceny from a motor vehicle for taking pizzas from the car of a delivery driver in the 2900 block of West Florida Street on Sept. 7.

Simpson is currently confined in the Guilford County Jail on a $500,000 secured bond.

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