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Man charged with kidnapping, trying to rob Taco Bell workers

Posted December 21, 2008

— Durham police arrested a man Friday in an attempted robbery at a Taco Bell restaurant in which two gunmen threatened three employees.

Shawn Chris Dula, 19, of 1008 Wyldewood Road, faces three charges of second-degree kidnapping and one charge each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Investigators said that Dula and another man hid in the bathroom of a Taco Bell, at 3821 N. Duke St., on Nov. 26. Shortly before 10 p.m., they entered the main part of the restaurant and tried to rob the employees and business at gunpoint.

Dula tried to jump over the counter, but he slipped, and his gun discharged, police said. The men went through the pockets of at least one employee but ran from Taco Bell without taking anything, investigators said.

No one was injured in the robbery attempt.

Dula was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond Sunday.

Dula was sentenced to probation for a 2005 common-law robbery in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • Jax is proud to be an American Dec 22, 2008

    What a moron! If I worked there all I could do would be laugh at him for slipping whe he jumped the counter. Glad they were caught and no one was hurt. Now he will be on probation and he didnt get anything out of this but a bruised ego.

  • texasncgirl Dec 22, 2008

    Wow! He should get the brightest kid robber of the year award. First of all, I do not understand why they say "MAN arrested for attempted robbery...19 year old was arrested". THAT is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. I don't care what anyone says, a 19 year old is NOT a man..regardless if they get tried as an adult at 18. The mug shot certainly tells me that he's not the brightest crayon in the box and he must make his mama proud. What is wrong with our youth today? It absolutely disgusts me to see so many stories in recent of CHILDREN committing crimes. WHERE are their parents??? Unfortunately, this kid is going to get thrown into jail and learn to refine his techniques a bit and come out a much "smarter" criminal...

  • housemanagercary Dec 22, 2008

    Yes the probation system is really working!

  • ladyinblue72 Dec 22, 2008

    Probation obviously worked for this guy once before - so let's put him on it again. Build more prisons!