3 men held in area robberies

Three men police believe are responsible for a string of robberies in three counties were arrested after a manhunt Monday involving nearly every Gaston County law enforcement agency.

Police say one of the suspects also was involved in a robbery in Charlotte, and authorities said the men might have been connected to other crimes in Mecklenburg, Gaston and York.

Arrested in the cases were Tykeam Bysean Jackson, 20; Dynash Archie Jackson, 18; and Trisco Denard McFarland, 21. Each faces armed robbery and other charges in connection with Monday's arrests.

A closer look at court records reveals suspects with lengthy criminal histories who've been in and out of jail for most of their adult lives.

Tykeam Jackson has been charged with more than 29 crimes in the past four years, not including Monday. He's been convicted of charges ranging from indecent exposure to common law robbery. In 2006, he was sentenced to 18 months of probation for assault on a female. A year earlier he spent 61 days in jail for assaulting a school employee.

Dynash Jackson was also convicted of assault on a school employee in 2007. He was sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service for an assault charge last year.

In 2005, McFarland was charged with being an accessory after a robbery. He has a pending trial on a May charge of reckless driving to endanger.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they also had a warrant for McFarland for a September robbery at the Ace Cash Express on East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

The series of events that led to Monday night's arrests began late that afternoon, when two armed men entered the Dollar General store on New Hope Road in Dallas and robbed both the store and customers. Police say a female customer was injured when she scuffled with the suspects over her pocketbook.

Staff writer Steve Lyttle, staff researcher Maria Wygand and WCNC contributed.