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William Hayes (Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
William Hayes (Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A man arrested after the armed robbery of a City of Williamsburg gas station has been connected to a series of robberies in York County, deputies said.

William Thaiquan Hayes, 18, of Hampton, was charged Monday with one count each of robbery and abduction, and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with the armed robbery of the Valero gas station on York Street that occurred earlier that morning in the city, according to a news release from the Williamsburg Police Department.

Hayes has also been charged in York County with five counts of armed robbery, five counts of abduction, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and 16 counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office investigators have connected Hayes to five armed robberies that occurred in York County, including the Exxon on Big Bethel Road, the Quick Out on Merrimac Trail, the Wilco Hess on Route 17, and the Shell Station on Hampton Highway. A gun was discharged during the Shell Station armed robbery, according to a news release posted to YPSO’s Facebook page.

Hayes had been detained by a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy who was patrolling the area and had received the description of the suspect and vehicle from the Williamsburg Police after the Valero robbery.

Deputy Chris Geary spotted a Maroon Pontiac G6 coming out of Catesby Lane – in the area of Merrimac Trail near Carver Gardens – and conducted a traffic stop.

“The quick action and apprehension of this suspect possibly saved lives, as this suspect had fired a gun during one of these robberies,” Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said in a statement. “I am very proud of the deputies and investigators who have worked so hard to catch this dangerous robber.”

Hayes is being held at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.