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Exeter man arraigned in pair of Portsmouth armed robberies

SEABROOK — An Exeter man charged with carrying out two violent armed robberies in Portsmouth remained jailed Thursday after his first court appearance.

William Flibotte, 21, of 105 Beech Hill Road, was arraigned on two counts of armed robbery in 10th Circuit Court, Seabrook Division on Thursday related to heists on June 24 and June 30.

The arraignment came the day after Flibotte’s girlfriend, Kassandra Young, 28, of 179B Greenleaf Ave., was charged for allegedly being the driver for both robberies.

Young is free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. She faces two counts of criminal liability for conduct of another.

Flibotte, who was on parole from a robbery conviction, allegedly approached a store clerk after the clerk closed Cabot Street Market around 12:30 a.m. on June 24.

Police said the clerk was approached by the suspect while getting into a vehicle parked on Cabot Street. Flibotte allegedly put a knife to the clerk’s neck and demanded all of the clerk’s money, according to a court complaint. The clerk complied. He later told police the assailant was wearing a plaid hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and some kind of cloth covering his face, according to police.

A similar robbery happened six days later at 1:18 a.m., when a man wearing blue jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana covering his face entered Hanscom’s Truck Stop Southbound on the Route 1 Bypass.

The man, later identified by police as Flibotte, entered the store and pointed the knife at the clerk. Flibotte allegedly emptied the cash register and fled on foot.

Police arrested Flibotte July 3 on drug charges after a search for him at Pease International Tradeport. He was released from prison in March.

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