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Durham man jailed under $2.5M bond for string of robberies

Posted January 25

Jamel Tyree Lunsford

— Authorities jailed a 19-year-old Durham man under a $2.5 million bond after he was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection to several robberies.

Jamel Tyree Lunsford was arrested during a traffic stop near Lakeside Drive, according to the Durham Police Department. He is charged in connection with four robberies, including:

– Oct. 18 in the 2800 block of Chapel Hill Road. A male and female were walking in the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. when three males, including Lunsford, approached them. The suspects took the woman's phone, and one suspect hit the man in the face with a gun before taking his phone and wallet.

Lunsford was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy and assault by pointing a gun.

– Oct. 24 at Golden Pizza, 2300 Chapel Hill Road. Three men wearing hooded sweatshirts and wielding guns entered the business around 9:15 p.m. and took the cash register. Lunsford was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy and kidnapping.

– Oct. 26 at a park on Cook Road. Lunsford was charged with robbing a man at gunpoint and stealing his car.

– Nov. 27 at Circle K,- 2322 N.C. Highway 54. Two men entered the business and robbed the store at gunpoint. Lunsford is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of felony conspiracy.

Lunsford is also wanted on robbery charges from the Durham County Sheriff's Office and the Raleigh Police Department.


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  • James Hicks Jan 25, 2017
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    I wonder how long he'll keep that nice smile once they move him from county lockup to the big house.

  • Jim Dunn Jan 25, 2017
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    Only 19 and proving he wants nothing to do with civilized society.