Accused serial robber facing more charges

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A 65-year-old Texarkana, Ark., man accused of committing a string of armed robberies in the Texarkana area last year is facing new charges.

Texarkana, Ark., police arrested Troy Lee Ware on seven counts of aggravated robbery in January. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell recently amended the charges against Ware to include two counts of aggravated assault in addition to the charges already filed.

At a hearing Tuesday before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom, Ware’s attorney, Tommy Potter of Texarkana, waived formal arraignment on the newest charges and entered pleas of not guilty on Ware’s behalf. Ware has pleaded not guilty to the aggravated robbery charges as well.

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Ware was arrested in January at his home in the 500 block of Orleans Street in Texarkana, Ark. Officers made forced entry into the house with a search warrant after Ware allegedly refused to answer the door, according to an earlier press statement. Officers allegedly found a firearm they believe was used in the robberies, a mask, gloves and other garments matching those worn by the suspect in the robberies during a search of his used car business in the 100 block of E. 9th Street.

Ware is accused of robbing a Bancorp South in Texarkana, Ark. on Feb. 16, 2017. One of the aggravated assault charges is alleged to have been committed on the same date.

Ware is accused of robbing the Fast & Low convenience store in Texarkana, Ark., on April 24, 2017, and Dec. 9, 2017. Ware allegedly robbed Exxon in Texarkana, Ark., on June 9, 2017. He is accused of robbing Family Dollar store Oct. 24, 2017; Texas Liquor in Texarkana, Ark., on Oct. 27, 2017; and the Bottle Shop on Dec. 12, 2017, in Texarkana, Ark.

If convicted of aggravated robbery, Ware faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison on each of the seven counts. The two counts of aggravated assault are each punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Ware is currently being held in the Miller County jail. Bail is set at $250,000.

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