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Recently Released Murderer Caught After Robbing Judge

Posted January 22, 1999

— A convicted murderer, just released from prison a few months ago, is back behind bars. Durham police have arrested 35-year-old Clyde Poole for three armed robberies. Poole is also a suspect in several others.

"It's evident that Mr. Poole is not one that wants to function in society and adhere to the rules. He wants to play by his own rules," says Capt. Dwight Pettiford of the Durham Police department.

Police say one week ago, Poole robbed Judge David LaBarre and his wife Kate at gunpoint. LaBarre says he feels fortunate they weren't injured.

"I understand that this guy's suspected in some other robberies where he did exactly that, where he beat somebody with a shotgun," LaBarre says.

Judge LaBarre says the prison system needs to change because it didn't help Poole. "Prisons don't reform people and anybody that thinks to the contrary is sadly mistaken," LaBarre says.

Pettiford describes Poole as a predator and says that's what so disturbing about him. "He was intentionally going around looking for victims to rob," Pettiford says.

So far, Poole has 12 charges pending against him in connection with the three robberies, but that number may increase.

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