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Chase suspect was put on probation eight days earlier

Posted May 14, 2010

— A 24-year-old Durham man charged in a car theft and armed robbery Thursday had been placed on probation for an armed robbery conviction eight days earlier.

Police arrested Brandon McDowell, of Camden Avenue, after a 30-minute chase that caused a wreck on Mineral Springs Road. Investigators said they believe McDowell stole a 1999 Acura at gunpoint from a man who had given him a ride earlier in the afternoon.

McDowell was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing to elude officers and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was placed in the Durham County jail under a $350,000 bond.

McDowell was sentenced May 5 to 24 months' probation after being convicted of a June 6, 2009, armed robbery in Durham, according to state Department of Correction records.

DOC records show that he had finished a yearlong prison sentence less than four months before the 2009 robbery. That sentence stemmed from convictions for hit-and-run, speeding to elude police, possession of a firearm by a felon and receiving a stolen vehicle.

Those offenses were committed within six months after McDowell finished another two-year prison sentence for violating his probation for 2004 common-law robbery and second-degree kidnapping convictions, records show.


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  • jackieflash42 May 14, 2010

    Let me get this straight, You commit an armed robbery and you get probation? Are you freakin' kiddin' me? Perhaps if the victim would've been related to the judge, the suspect would've gotten life without parole. Ya think? ..unbelievable.

  • The Big E May 14, 2010

    I hate I am retiring from DPD this month. So many bad guys to put away! Job Security!

  • McLovin May 14, 2010

    Good...now you have a reason to put him behind bars...

  • Viewer May 14, 2010

    WRAL, Who, by name, probated this guy.

  • Scare Crow May 14, 2010

    when will these judges GET IT?

  • Ol Forrester May 14, 2010

    You people are so harsh. He ain't killed nobody.

  • Faceman May 14, 2010

    with his Rap sheet..that looks like it rolls onto the floor and keeps going..the judge should give him a life term..1 for being a habitual felon..and prison would be the best place for someone who can't co-exist in society.

  • working for deadbeats May 14, 2010

    The great justice systems fails us again.

  • OrdinaryCitizen May 14, 2010

    weight lifting in jail? Why?
    To make the prisoners more deadly? Weights should be the first thing taken out of jails along with cable.

  • hdew2 May 14, 2010

    Here we go again.Another one with prior records being let go to do harm again.When are our judges going to learn?