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Durham man arrested after chase, schools lockdown

Posted March 6, 2013

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— Police arrested a Durham man Tuesday on robbery and domestic violence charges following a chase and lockdown of four nearby schools. 

Darryl Wayne Stephens, 30, faces a slew of charges in connection with a Feb. 11 armed robbery at a convenience store on Hillsborough Road, a Feb. 28 kidnapping of a man from a Fayetteville Street parking lot and a domestic assault in November.

The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force attempted to stop Stephens, whose car had been spotted as matching the suspect vehicle in the armed robbery, on Alston Avenue near Cecil Street around 12:40 p.m.  A chase ensued and marshals followed the car for a short distance before losing sight of it.

A short time later, officers found the vehicle abandoned on Red Oak Avenue.

They surrounded the area and placed Hillside High School, Shepard Middle School, Fayetteville Street Elementary School and W.G. Pearson Elementary School on lockdown as a precaution while they searched for Stephens, police said. 

He was found in a field behind Fayetteville Street Elementary School shortly before 1:30 p.m.

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  • djofraleigh Mar 6, 2013

    NOTE: they do not lock down nursing homes, day cares, hospitals (non-emergency) where other defenseless people could have criminal on the run, run in. Why not?

    I've been visiting in a school that was locked down and they would not let me leave, even at my own risk. No one comes in or goes out. The kids all came inside. I'm glad they take it so seriously. I'm not going to question their right to take "Marshall Law."

    I'd go along (in the future when notice is possible) for all traffic in the city to stop in their tracks if a child is kidnapped. I'd be willing to get out of my car and walk around others' cars for a quick look. In this age of cell phones, the public can and should be more involved.

  • djofraleigh Mar 6, 2013

    Good police work. The school lock downs are an 'inconvenient necessity.'

    WRAL reporter:

    1 Does a squad car go to the elementary schools locked down?

    2 IF the SRO at a middle school or high school is off campus, is a squad car dispatched there?

    3. Do the schools keep a log of time/date the SRO is not on campus?

    IF not to any of the above, then why not?

  • Terkel Mar 6, 2013

    Good work, Marshall's Task Force! You got the schools locked down, got the guy fast, no one got hurt. Very cool.