Durham police connect suspect to more Tobacco Trail robberies
Posted August 2, 2013
Updated August 20, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Durham police connected a suspect Tuesday to two more robberies on the American Tobacco Trail.
Derrick Wells, 22, of Otis Street, was charged earlier this month with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an incident that occurred June 18. On Tuesday, police added charges for robberies on the trail on July 5 and July 16.
They upped his bond to $600,000. Wells was being held in the Durham County Jail.
Ricardo Mangum, who lives on Otis Street, said he wasn't surprised to learn that the suspect was a neighbor. "What I thought then is it has to be someone from around here," Mangum said.
Still, he is disappointed. Mangum said he knew Wells. "I was hoping it wasn't him because I saw potential in him," he said.
In each case, people exercising on the trail reported being held at gunpoint and robbed of their electronics and cash.
Mangum said the robberies frighten people off the trail. "It gives the neighborhood a bad name," he said, "And it's a good family outing."
The victims of the June 18 robbery said Wells acted with another man. Investigators haven't identified the second robber.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call Investigator J.J. Locklear at 919-560-4415, extension 29309, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.