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Police Arrest 1 Of Durham's 10 Most Wanted

Posted July 30, 2003

— Durham police arrested Eric Monte Allen, who was wanted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, Tuesday night during a traffic stop on Camden Avenue.

He was captured when officers stopped a car to arrest a man who had given them a false name during a traffic stop on Monday night.

Allen was one of Durham's Ten Most Wanted. He is charged in connection with a May 11, 2003, carjacking in the parking lot of Wendy's Restaurant on South Miami Boulevard.

The victims told officers they were at the restaurant when a man pointed a gun at them and forced them into the victims' 1990 Acura. The suspect motioned to a red vehicle parked nearby in the parking lot and then drove the Acura out of the parking lot with the red vehicle following behind.

The suspect drove the Acura to the 1800 block of Liberty Street, where he forced the victims out of the car and into a driveway by an abandoned house.

The suspect and the three occupants of the red car punched and kicked the victims. The suspects robbed the victims of their money and then forced them back into the Acura at gunpoint.

The suspects drove the victims to a parking lot on U.S. 70 and told them to get out of the car. The suspects then drove away in the victims' Acura, which was later found abandoned on Driver Street.

Allen is charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle and orders for arrest on earlier charges of possession of stolen goods and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $351,000.

Allen was arrested by officers R.E. Young and K.O. Taylor of the Park Police Unit, who were on Camden Avenue looking for 23-year-old Jeffrey Charles Harris, who had given Young a false name Monday night when Young arrested him for driving while his license was revoked.

The officers spotted Harris in a red Dodge Neon and stopped the car.

Harris, who was in the front passenger seat, was charged with assault on a female, two counts of resisting a public officer, two counts of driving while his license was revoked, giving fictitious information to an officer, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen property and trespassing in a city park.

His bond was set at $7,000.

Allen was in the back seat of the Neon. The driver, Tamika Archie, was charged with giving false information to an officer.

Investigators are still trying to identify the three other suspects -- one male and two females -- involved in the carjacking.


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