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Four arrested in Raleigh robberies

Posted October 2, 2011

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— Authorities have arrested three men and a woman from Durham and Granville counties in connection with four armed robberies in Raleigh over two weeks in September.

Jahlil La Vern Allen, 22, Jared Alvin Jones, 23, and Jasmine Renee Venable, 22, were all arrested at a house in the 800 block of South Alston Avenue in Durham. Diaz Omar Cuthrell, 27, was arrested in a house on 12th Street in Butner.

Raleigh police investigators said they believe that all four suspects robbed people outside hotels and motels on three occasions:


  • 2610 Westinghouse Blvd. around 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 20
  • 3531 Wake Forest Road around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 22
  • 6209 Glenwood Ave. around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 27

Police also believe that Cuthrell and Jones robbed a person at 4810 Bluestone Drive around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Cuthrell and Jones were charged with five counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree kidnapping. Allen and Venable were charged with four counts each of the same three charges.

Cuthrell served 7½ years in prison for 2002 and 2003 convictions for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, three counts of armed robbery, four assault charges and common-law robbery, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • angieb Oct 3, 2011

    tarheelbabe: the answer to your question if NONE! The prison system in NC is big business. Why bite the hand that feeds you!

  • tarheelbabe Oct 3, 2011

    Again, I ask...what programs and/or resources are available to newly released inmates???
    If we follow the suggestions here keep them in longer...the question still remains, once they are out what is in place to keep them out?

  • hunter38 Oct 3, 2011

    No worries this is North Carolina....home of "Hug-a-Criminal"...they will be out this weekend robbing again....then they might get probation when they go to court....then they will do so more robbing while out on probation.

  • wa4dou Oct 3, 2011

    "Face facts some people are not rehabilitatable."

    Lock those up forever!

  • wa4dou Oct 3, 2011

    If effective punishment and rehabilitation ultimately fails, you can bet that despotism will eventually be the only means left and it will occur. History says so.

  • lec0257 Oct 3, 2011

    Well, if "some people are not rehabilitatable" then they should be locked for longer periods of time or impose the 3 strick and you get life law like TX. At lease the public would not have to put up with them for a long period of time.

  • Bronco Oct 3, 2011

    I heard it best said over the weekend.."Crooks have to be lucky ALL the time..Police only have to be lucky once."

  • YNCSW51 Oct 3, 2011

    The system should punish them, if found guilty, so severely that they would never dream of committing a criminal act again.

    They already do punish them. Have you ever thought some people in this society are going to rob and steal from others because this is all they know. No matter how much prision time some get they will get out and do the same thing again. Face facts some people are not rehabilitatable. I wish hard prision punishment would change all but it does not.

  • wa4dou Oct 3, 2011

    The system should punish them, if found guilty, so severely that they would never dream of committing a criminal act again.

  • bmg379 Oct 3, 2011

    I stay at hotels alot while travelling and have had people trying to stop me in parking lots and at shopping centers,I say no thanks and keep walking.Walk with your hand in your jacket also ,that really makes the criminals think.Does he or does he not have a weapon.