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Durham man charged in home invasion, shooting, chase

Posted March 21

Jemar Sherray Beulah Jr.

— Police said Tuesday that a Durham man was arrested Monday after officers chased a car that was reported stolen following a weekend home invasion that left two people wounded.

A 51-year-old man who lives in the 300 block of Burnette Street told police that he heard a knock on his front door shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, and when he opened the door, a man he didn't know pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys.

The gunman came into the house and shot the resident and his 79-year-old mother before leaving in the resident’s silver 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, police said.

The two shooting victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment and remain hospitalized.

Officers spotted the stolen Cruze at about 1 p.m. Monday and tried to stop it at Angier Avenue and Plum Street, but the driver sped away, police said. Officers chased the car for several minutes until the driver lost control of the car on Dearborn Drive and crashed into a tree. The car then caught fire.

Jemar Sherray Beulah Jr., 20, of Durham, was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Two women in the car were also treated for minor injuries.

Beulah was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude law enforcement officials, aggressive driving and reckless driving. He was also charged with obtaining property by false pretense in connection with a Feb. 16 incident involving pawned tools.

He was being held in the Durham County jail under a $350,000 bond.


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  • Trent Hall Mar 21, 2017
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    Because there is no such statute in NC. There is Assault with a Deadly Weapon and associated statutes containing misdemeanors and felonies.

  • Thomas Williams Mar 21, 2017
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    alright guys, no profiling, please.

  • James Hicks Mar 21, 2017
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    I don't/won't open my door for anyone unless they are an expected/invited guest. Let alone at 2 am.

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    Because this is Durham. He danged sure should be.

  • Tim Orr Mar 21, 2017
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    Why wasn't he charged with attempted premeditated murder?

  • Reggie Berryman Mar 21, 2017
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    DO NOT open your door at 2 AM if you her a knock!