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Law enforcement links UNC, Duke, Chapel Hill robberies

Posted July 24, 2015

— Law enforcement agencies in Durham and Orange counties are joining forces to track two men suspected in armed robberies on the campuses of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in the Town of Chapel Hill over the past 48 hours.

In each incident, victims described two to four assailants in their early 20s and a light tan or gold sedan used as a getaway car.

The first robberies occurred around 11 p.m. Wednesday outside a UNC dorm. Around midnight Friday, Chapel Hill police received reports to two robberies within 10 minutes about a half-mile apart on East Franklin Street. Another robbery was reported at Duke-owned apartment complex on Swift Avenue shortly before 2 a.m.

The robbers took cash, cellphones and other items, police said.

Anyone has information about these crimes is asked to call 911. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • Ray Lee Smythe Jul 25, 2015
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    Does it really take 2-4 boys to rob one unarmed person?

  • Kenneth Anderson Jul 24, 2015
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    So, why no description of the assailants? Everyone knows a description is available, so why not let the public know?

  • Dean Logan Jul 24, 2015
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    I guess they'd better start rounding up all the 20 year old males on Chapel Hill and Duke campuses.

  • Angel Nardo-Myers Jul 24, 2015
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    So ...should college students be on the look out for 2-4 males in their 20s? If that's the case there must be an all out panic with the 911 system jammed.

  • Jon Brabender Jul 24, 2015
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    You know it gets very predictable when WRAL has as their description "two to four assailants in their early 20s"...nothing else that might narrow down the search, huh?
    I will bet everyone at WRAL does very poorly at "Guess Who?" Game.