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Community feels relief, sadness in Durham convenience store robbery arrest

Posted May 16

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— A Durham convenience store clerk says he is pleased that the man accused of killing his friend and co-worker has been arrested.

Timothy Moore, 23, of 1214 Granby Street, who was identified as a suspect in the murder of Nafez Jalal at the Fast Food Mart last month, was arrested this weekend and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony conspiracy and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident.

"I'm happy that there is justice and progress, but on the other end it's really sad," said Tekin Guler, who worked with Jalal at the Fast Food Mart.

Guler said he is not only upset over Jalal’s death but also over the fact that Moore now faces murder charges. He said it is another wasted life.

"Healthy, smart kid...he could have accomplished a lot of things in the United States instead of ending up in jail," Guler said.

Police said that at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a state trooper observed a Ford passenger vehicle run a stop sign in Butner. The vehicle sped away as the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop, authorities said.

After a short pursuit, the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Greensboro, crashed and the driver, identified as Moore, fled on foot.

Two troopers spotted the Moore walking along Old Oxford Highway, after an extensive search, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Like Guler, customers say they don't feel moved to celebrate Moore's arrest.

"We don't know what is happening on people's minds when they do these kinds of crazy things," said Yanett Salinas. "You can't judge for that because you don't know."

Moore is also accused of shooting Hassan Jolale, a 48-year-old Durham man. Jolale suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Moore is expected in court on Wednesday.


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