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Man escapes alleged carjacking; two arrested

Posted May 22, 2013

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— A man told Durham police that he was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday morning, hit over the head and forced to drive to an ATM by two men, but was able to escape and flag down a passing police officer.

Durham police arrested Traqwuan Nelson, 18, of Burrell Road, and Alvin Azariah Jones, 21, of South Woodcrest Street, as they sat in the victim's car at The Village Shopping Center on North Miami Boulevard. They charged the men with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy. Both men were being held in the Durham County Jail under $1 million bond.

The victim told police he was walking to his car at the BP gas station at 2406 Holloway St. at about 1:15 a.m. when Nelson and Jones approached him, showed weapons and forced him into the car. He said they hit him in the head and face with their guns.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the tussle.

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  • teddymac12 May 28, 2013

    If you act/behave like a victim you usually become one. In areas that have high crime I carry and it shows. No problems here.

  • Phyxius1 May 23, 2013

    If you look at this BP on Google Street view you will see that it's next door to some sort of a Police Substation. https://www.google.com/maps?q=&layer=c&z=17&iwloc=A&sll=35.989401,-78.859477&cbp=13,115.8,0,0,0&cbll=35.989591,-78.859964&sa=X&ei=6SueUbalF7La4APa1IGIDA&ved=0CDAQxB0wAA
    sw3090

    That google map is outdated by quite a bit. The substation has been gone for quite awhile now and there is a O`Reilly Auto Parts store there now. They actually caught the guys not far down the rd from where this BP is and its under a mile..

  • sw3090 May 23, 2013

    If you look at this BP on Google Street view you will see that it's next door to some sort of a Police Substation. https://www.google.com/maps?q=&layer=c&z=17&iwloc=A&sll=35.989401,-78.859477&cbp=13,115.8,0,0,0&cbll=35.989591,-78.859964&sa=X&ei=6SueUbalF7La4APa1IGIDA&ved=0CDAQxB0wAA

  • btneast May 22, 2013

    When I drive in and out of Durham on Holloway St (NC 98), I am on high alert

    Wow, is there no other route to take, even if it is longer? I am very familiar with Durham and that east end area, I would avoid it like the plague, even in the daytime.

  • Phyxius1 May 22, 2013

    When I drive in and out of Durham on Holloway St (NC 98), I am on high alert. If you notice where crimes are reported, there's almost a 50% chance it is within 1/2 mile of Holloway St. People are walking in the street defiantly ignoring anyone's safety. It is an unsettling drive.
    37

    Better stay out of areas in downtown Raleigh and Fayettville too then as you would be a nervous wreck. Part of my old job had put me in some bad areas in many states over the yrs and NC ones like Raleigh/Durham are definitely safer than LOTS of the others the job put us in. I have yet to see the DEA an ATF running around on a daily basis like I have in others. Crime is crime and its a shame it happens anywhere regardless of the area.

  • Oldfirehorse - Dr. Disturbeded May 22, 2013

    I don't understand the mentality of believing that the victim would be worse off if armed. If someone chooses to not be armed and are in this situation then that is certainly their choice.

    That said I find it interesting how many experts there are on close quarters combat, and especially so many that believe beyond doubt that the armed "victim" would have been killed. Of course, it's all hypothetical, and there is no certainty in either direction. The individual that chooses to be armed, and able to perceive, and react to an impending situation such as this has the right, and it is certainly his/her prerogative as well.

    Matter of fact statements regarding the certainty of a bad outcome for the "victim" speak more to ignorance (and I mean that politely) of close quarters combat, and an over active imagination. Perhaps learning how to defend oneself would shed more light on the odds of prevailing in or preventing such a situation.

  • Sarge May 22, 2013

    "It was not a tussle. A tussle occurs at a bar with drunk people. Or with kids at a playground. this was A VIOLENT ASSAULT. News media should be better with words than this..."

    really!!

  • sllenterprises May 22, 2013

    Hey JohnnyVoodoo, I agree with you that these 2 "men" should be locked up for life and have the key thrown away but their skin color has no relevance! The amount of melanin in you skin has nothing to do with your decision making, these 2 chose to do what they did-black, white, yellow, or red! It's 2013 and we still have people referencing someone's skin color as the reason for crime-really? Everytime a white male is in jail for killing his wife, you don't see anyone referencing that in the news but let some black people do something and that's all people talk about!

  • sllenterprises May 22, 2013

    It's laughable how everyone continues to bring gun laws and politics into everything when the big picture here is about this new generation of single parenting and/or lack of positive role models at home creating a new breed of people who want to take the easy way out of everything! I've had 2 jobs since I was 16 if you count school and although I may not make as much as many, I'm content in the fact that I earn my money honestly and not getting it from illegal activities! My mindset has nothing to do with guns or politics because I'd never steal from anyone just to get a quick dollar because I was raised right! This stuff starts at home, early in a child's life-guns aren't going to make them all stop!

  • Crumps Br0ther May 22, 2013

    matter of fact, when we see things going astray, we typically tend to try and change direction in a effort to control the damage instead of just doing more of the same and in my previous two examples.

    Liberals....ugh!
    lrfarms27572

    I grew up just outside of Detroit and that is exactly the reason I'm not a liberal democrat. I watched them kill that city. It used to be called the "Paris of the West."

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