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Durham police probe robberies

Posted December 29, 2008

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— Police are asking for information about two robberies that occurred over the weekend in southwestern Durham.

The first robbery occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday on Canary Court. A man told officers he was unloading a car when a small dark vehicle stopped and asked him for directions. The driver pulled out a gun, got out of the car and demanded money. Two other males went through the victim’s car and took a GPS unit. The robbers fired a shot as they fled, police said. The bullet struck the victim’s car.

The man with the gun was described as African-American, 20 to 25 years old, with short hair and a dark complexion. He had a ski mask over his face. A second robber was described as a black male, 15 to 20 years old with a medium build and short hair. The victim was unable to describe the third robber.

The second robbery occurred Sunday at 10:15 p.m. on Greyfield Boulevard. A man and woman were getting out of a car when a robber jumped out from the bushes, pointed a gun and told the man to get on the ground, police said. A second robber, armed with a gun, forced the woman to get on the ground. The robbers took cell phones, a purse and boots from the victims. They fired at least three shots as they were leaving. The shots struck a garage.

One robber was described as a tall African-American wearing a dark ski mask. The second suspect was described as a husky black man wearing a light gray hoodie. The robbers were accompanied by a third man, but the victims could not describe him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • rtpengineer2 Dec 31, 2008

    Over a long enough timeline, public executions for these types of criminals will solve the problem.

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 31, 2008

    Stategirl2: You've got the same mentality that is at the root of the problem in the black community..."it's not just us, it's everyone". Your point about the white goths would be better suited for the next headline about white gothic youth commiting violent crimes, so keep a lookout for those stories. Then your comment will hold carry some weight. I checked today but didn't see any stories of white gothic kids committing violent crimes in this area, but I did read one about 2 little black thugs that the police were chasing in Raleigh last night. Luckily they caught one. Maybe the other one is hiding out with some white goth kids...ya think?

  • rtpengineer2 Dec 30, 2008

    "Well the problem is when you are tied up on a call that can sometimes take 30-45 minutes or longer..."

    If your perception of the real problem is correct, then all citizens should expect to not rely on law enforcement in times of need. If that is our reality, then we should deputize prominent citizens and allow them to act where law enforcement cannot.

    In my opinion, the problem is our slap-on-the-wrist legal system. I dare say the frequency of events like this would remain high if we lived in a day and age where public executions were tolerated. In my opinion, if one attempts to take an innocent person's life, they have then lost the right to their own.

  • stategirl2 Dec 30, 2008

    Everybody in the black community does not agree with the "thug" mentality. Secondly, who is going to help those youth in the white community who dress up in goth clothing and then go on shooting rampages..Don't act like there are not problems in every community because there are.

  • markandkyliew Dec 30, 2008

    So to be clear, my complaints are to the PD management - NOT the officers themselves. I am SURE that they are understaffed and they need help - so that needs to be addressed. So HOW does that get addressed?? THE PD needs to DEMAND help.. and the community needs to demand it as well. If the system isn't operating effectively, then it has to change. It's been like this for TOO long. As for my right to complain, you're darm right I'm going to complain to anyone who will listen...The first victim is someone very special to me and can not fathom the thought of it turning out worse than it did.

  • johnny2times Dec 30, 2008

    "It is infuriating to hear that these guys were reported as suspicious persons an hour before the first robbery but Durham PD did not act. Do they need help?? ... then GET IT DPD!"

    Well the problem is when you are tied up on a call that can somethimes take 30-45 minutes or longer(which you will never see on any cop show) and they give this call out as suspicious persons, sometimes you are not able to clear up and go to the call for sometime. Its not that they did not act, its that they could not act...there is a difference. If you(and I mean anyone) think that is not true, go do a ride-a-long during the weekend night shift.

  • johnny2times Dec 30, 2008

    Well maybe if the city council would approve a significant pay increase, the pd would have more officers. The problem is that they are understaffed like you would not believe. So before you say anything about the PD, remember the PD as a whole has little support from the council and citizens. Instead of complaining on here, go to the CITY COUNSIL and complain to them. As I always here on the street..."its my tax money paying for this"..so put your tax money to work. Oh and by the way cops pay taxes too.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • markandkyliew Dec 30, 2008

    Durham has long had the reputation of being out of control. I get nervous just stopping for gas on my way through. WHEN is the PD, mayor, whomever going to stand up and take stronger action?!! When it's just a cess-pool of death and misery?! It is infuriating to hear that these guys were reported as suspicious persons an hour before the first robbery but Durham PD did not act. Do they need help?? ... then GET IT DPD!

  • areyououtofyourmind Dec 30, 2008

    Disgusted with Durham PD. Own a restaurant, was robbed, employee confessed that it was a friend's boyfriend, tattoos and colored contacts matched, told police. They confirmed he served time in CA for armed robbery & had outstanding warrant in OH for armed robbery. I gave PD the address and phone number and they never even went to interview him. The case went unsolved.

    Absolutely sickening. And ignorant city leaders wonder why certain perceptions abound.

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 30, 2008

    The black community cries racism and profiling when citizens make any negative comment whatsoever about black youth walking the streets in groups or hanging out in front of stores dressed like thugs with their low-riding baggy pants, workboots & hoodies. We're not supposed to make judgement about them because they're just expressing their cultural identities. Then those of us who are lucky enough not to be their victims read about their crimes in the news almost every day. What I'd like to know is when are the leaders of the black community going to become active in denouncing this thug mentality that's so common among their youth. That doesn't mean just making a politically correct statement, that means taking some action perhaps from a grassroots level. Until the black community starts changing things for themselves, the rest of us will judge you by how you present yourselves because you keep proving us right. And, we won't continue to be victims forever.