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Man charged in Durham newspaper carrier carjacking, shooting

Posted January 5, 2012

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— A man wanted in a Durham carjacking in which gunfire was exchanged with a newspaper carrier has been arrested, police said Thursday.

Marcus Anthony Keith, 23, of Wabash Street, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, making a false report to police, misdemeanor probation violation and second-degree trespassing. He was placed in the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Services Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Keith Wednesday on Meriwether Drive.

A 70-year-old carrier for The Herald-Sun told police that he was loading a newspaper rack at a shopping center on Nov. 22 when a man brandishing a weapon came up behind him. The gunman jumped into the carrier's 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup and fired a shot at the carrier, who then pulled out his own .357-caliber handgun and returned fire.

The unidentified carrier was uninjured, but he wounded the gunman.

The pickup was found abandoned less than a mile away, on West Edgewood Drive.

Police said the false report charge against Keith stems from the fact that he told investigators that he had been shot at the McDougald Terrace housing complex.

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  • wildcat Jan 6, 2012

    Thanks to the Marshalls for getting this man off the streets. May justice be served to him by sending him to prison for a long while.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 6, 2012

    Hope it hurt.

  • Raptor06 Jan 6, 2012

    As an old morning paper boy (1967-1969), I'm glad the carrier was able to defend himself. Too bad the potential robber is still with us. I'm sure this isn't the robber's first time doing something like this. I'd be willing to bet that his last victim was someone in his own community. Maybe he'll learn from this close brush with reality.

  • redrubberball1 Jan 6, 2012

    Bravo for the newspaper carrier!

  • mramorak Jan 6, 2012

    GREAT SHooting!too bad he lived!

  • ncrebel Jan 6, 2012

    I'm glad the carrier was able to defend himself. Good job!

  • makeitright Jan 6, 2012

    no attempted murder? took a shot at the carrier. They forget that part when they added up the charges? or maybe they feel the judge would feel he was having a bad day and let him off for good behavior while he was waiting in jail..

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jan 5, 2012

    I am glad that the carrier was able to defend himself, kudos!

  • bluered5858 Jan 5, 2012

    the more we stand up against the criminals the less we will have to,when they think there is a chance they might get shot they will think twice about committing the crime.

  • lolly Jan 5, 2012

    "The unidentified carrier was uninjured, but he wounded the gunman."

    Good job!

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