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Man charged with murder, rape in Raleigh crime spree

Posted August 31, 2015
Updated September 1, 2015

— A 21-year-old man who was released from prison on Aug. 25 has been charged in connection with two shootings, one of which was fatal, and a rape that were reported Monday in east Raleigh, police said.

Kendrick Keyanti Gregory, is charged with murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree rape.

According to investigators, Gregory shot and killed 64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durand at about 7 p.m. at the Mr. Pawn check cashing shop in the 4600 block of Capital Boulevard. Durand owned the shop.

Another armed robbery was reported at about 9:30 p.m. at International Foods at 2215 New Hope Church Road. Shots were fired by a man matching Gregory's description, but police have not charged him in the incident. Nobody was injured.

Shortly after the shooting, police say Gregory raped a 15-year-old girl before driving a blue BMW into the Brentwood neighborhood. The vehicle was later found abandoned in the area, prompting police to urge residents to stay inside their homes Monday night.

Gregory is also charged with robbing and shooting 27-year-old Lenin Alvaringa earlier Monday in the 3800 block of New Bern Avenue. Authorities say Gregory approached Alvaringa from behind outside a hotel, shot him in the back and robbed him of cash. Alvaringa was taken to WakeMed following the shooting. Information about his conditions has not been released.

Gregory left the hotel in a blue car believed to the BMW found late Monday in the Brentwood neighborhood.

Gregory has been arrested eight times since September 2013 on charges including misdemeanor larceny, trespassing and breaking-and-entering.

Police said Tuesday morning that Gregory should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or believes they may know where he is should call 911 immediately.


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  • Dave Buzzkill Sep 1, 2015
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    Excuse me but where is Jesse Jackson and the "Reverend" Barber? They are not speaking out on this outrage? My my my... so double standard.

  • James Madison Sep 1, 2015
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    When this story was first posted last night (Monday), it had neither a pictor nor description of the suspect. Apparently the info was added sometime this morning, and the title of the article changed.

  • Leslie Nance Sep 1, 2015
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    My daughter goes to school right there at Carroll, wonder if they put the school on lockdown? That scares the heck out of me.

  • Jennifer Yopp Sep 1, 2015
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    I work in the North Hills area and we just received an e-mail from Raleigh PD that he was last seen within a couple of miles of here. People on Six Forks be on the lookout.

  • Alex Stephens Sep 1, 2015
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    Really, let the people imprisoned for drugs out of jail & lock up those actually a menace to society. This guy sounds like he'd just as soon shot you as look at you.

  • Diana Barden Sep 1, 2015
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    Can we file a class action suit against our judicial system for reckless endangerment of the public for letting these types of people back out on the street.

  • Reginald Denny Sep 1, 2015
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    Is he dead yet?

  • Ed Livesay Sep 1, 2015
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    "Search continues for man" ... There's the problem. For one to commit these acts innately and inherently prohibits the "man" designation.

  • Lisa Johnson Sep 1, 2015
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    My Father was good friends with Mr. Durand, I am still in shock, can't believe this animal was let back out onto the streets!! My prayers are with all of the victims and their families. I hope they catch this piece of scum and he never gets to see the light of day again!!

  • Kristi Bobbitt Coley Sep 1, 2015
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    right. NC doesn't have the 3 strikes law?