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Woman robbed, attacked with stun gun and knife at Duke Gardens

Posted December 10, 2016

— A woman was robbed and attacked with a stun gun and knife at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Duke University sent a crime alert to students Saturday afternoon after a report of an armed robbery.

Police said the suspect stole the woman's phone and cut her hand so that it required stitches.

The suspect is a man described as 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build. He was in his late 30s, had no facial hair, short to medium hair and was wearing a black sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. Police do not believe he is a student.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Duke University police at 919-684-2444.


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  • George Corvin Dec 11, 2016
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    According to the News & Observer:
    "The suspect was described as a black male, 6 feet tall, thin to medium build, late 30s, clean-shaven, short to medium hair, black sweat shirt, dark blue jeans, and armed with knife and stun gun."

  • Brian McLean Dec 11, 2016
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    Why does wral never include race?

  • Norman Lewis Dec 11, 2016
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    PC has gone too far. What is the next headline? "Somebody committed some type of crime against somebody, somewhere at some time but we can't tell you about it"???? If we should be on the alert for a criminal that seriously attacked someone at Duke Gardens, don't you think it would help to know what type of person to look out for? Of course, this attack couldn't really have happened could it? After all, isn't Duke Gardens a "no concealed weapon" zone? or as someone else put it, a "CPZ" or "criminal protection zone"?

  • Doug Bogard Dec 11, 2016
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    I live less than a mile from the garden.
    WRAL why add a description if you are going to leave off the "description"?
    This was a violent crime with a violent criminal. Do you feel you are serving the community by not reporting a "real" description? If someone else is attacked, robbed, and injured are you prepared to accept responsibility for being irresponsible in your reporting?

  • Cindy Rose Dec 11, 2016
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    I see it as the newest form of discrimination against all races. If a suspect is anything other than Caucasian their race is not identified; if they are Caucasian their race is identified. I see more racial divide now than I did as child through the 1970's. It saddens me and things like this type of "reporting" only make it worse.

  • David Cates Dec 10, 2016
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    I have to agree. The purpose of providing a description is so people can recognize the suspect. Why not include skin color. This is ridiculous.

  • Byrd Ferguson Dec 10, 2016
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    Are we so politically correct now that we cannot mention ethnicity? It happened in Durham, but as Forest says, don't rush to judgment.

  • Forest Hazel Dec 10, 2016
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    Well, without hair color and ethnicity that about as close to useless a description as you can get. Are you positive it was a "he"? Don't want to make a rush to judgment here....