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Durham teens charged with robbery after crash in Virginia

Posted May 23, 2008

— Two teenagers wanted for a string of robberies in Durham were arrested Thursday night in Virginia Beach, Va., following a car crash there that killed a third teen and injured a fourth.

Anton Perry and James Cunningham, both, 17, of Durham, also face several charges there connected to the Virginia accident.

In Durham, Perry and Cunningham are both charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery in connection with the robberies late Monday at 3301 Shannon Road and early Tuesday at 4100 University Drive, a police spokeswoman said.

Perry is also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Virginia Beach police said the four teens arrived in Virginia Beach Tuesday, and when they started running out of money, two of them allegedly stole a woman's purse.

Police tried stopping the car they were traveling in but began pursuing it before it crashed at a dead-end street. A 17-year-old girl was killed and another 17-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was in serious but stable condition Thursday night.

Their identities were not immediately clear, because Virginia law prohibits the release of names of victims and suspects under age 17.

Police said say the driver of the car is facing several charges including murder, two counts of felony hit and run, one felony charge of eluding an officer, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy.


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  • dianadarling May 23, 2008

    well a 17 year old james cunningham has court dates for larceny and possession of stolen goods. there is a 17 year old antonio perry also, but I do not know if it is the same guy. that doesnt include their juvy records that you cant look up


  • colliedave May 23, 2008

    Need to put them in the juvenile system for one year and the big house for the rest of their natural lives. Don't think they can be rehabilitated.

  • fbguru May 23, 2008

    Imagine that! Teens from DURHAM ... Wake up people! And it's not just Durham, but Durham seems to "set the standard" of late. Until the judicial system is revamped and these "minors" who commit MAJOR crimes are punished severly, to match their crimes, it's only going to get worse!!!! You've got to send the message that this lifestyle will have swift and severe consequences. God knows the entertainment industry (movies, video games) only glamorize it.

  • datacIerk May 23, 2008

    let me guess.... they were also on "probabtion" for other crimes previously committed? most likely. and since they are also only 17 years old, it is assumed that they are "able to be rehabilitated" and will not be "eligible" for the death penalty. if it were my decision, they would be on the fast track to death row!!

  • batcave May 23, 2008

    DURHAM teens kill rob, Durham man stabs gf 40 times, DURHAM POLICE officers sex scandle. DURHAM teens kill unc coed, and duke grad student, DURHAM PROBY SYSTEM failed. of coarse tommorrows another day.