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Robbery Suspect Dies In Wreck; Two Remain At Large

Posted February 17, 2005

— One suspected robber died after a group fled a home invasion and robbery and wrecked their car late Wednesday night in Raleigh, police said.

Police said that a group of men broke into an apartment on Scholar Circle at the Ivy Chase Apartment complex around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. During the robbery at the house, four people in the house were injured.

The three armed suspects fled the apartment, and soon afterward police received calls about a car that had wrecked on Lake Dam Road.

The suspects' car had slid off the road and down an embankment. A passenger in the car, Claudis Fredrick Caldwell of 4818 Shallowbrook Trail, Raleigh, died, police said.

Two people fled the scene, but not before threatening to hurt passing motorists who had stopped nearby to help, police said.

"All I saw was the car laying in the ditch," said Paul Offhaus. "(I) approached the vehicle after the accident and the driver of the vehicle said he was gonna shoot me."

Police say they found guns and a knife in the car that matched the ones used in the home invasion. They also found one of the robbery victims' wallets in the car. Police are still searching for the two other men.

The four people in the apartment were stabbed, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police were not chasing the suspects' car at the time of the wreck.


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