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Police probe Hillsborough Street robberies

Posted January 25, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Stephen Lane is back at work at the Wing Zone restaurant in Raleigh the day after he was robbed at gunpoint.

At about 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, a man entered the restaurant, at 2020 Hillsborough St., displayed a gun and demanded money, police said.

"I gave him the money, and he ran out the door toward Maiden Lane," Lane said.

The robber fled the scene on foot, but witnesses saw him get into a vehicle, Raleigh police said.

A short time later, officers arrested four men – Gerald Murphy Jr., 26, Demetrius Antonio Davis, 18. Demetrius Lee Morgan, 20, and Dyrick Mohammed Morgan, 19 – in connection with the crime.

Hillsborough Street restaurant robbed twice Hillsborough Street restaurant robbed twice

In the past five weeks, Lane's restaurant has been hit twice.

"We thought it would calm down over the holiday season," Lane said. "I'm sure the economy has something to do with it. I don't know if they're using it as an excuse or not."

After Wing Zone was robbed the first time on Dec. 17, police went out and gave employees tips on robbery prevention.

They also put up a height chart on the door, so if the store does get robbed, they can give investigators a better description of the suspect.

Two other stores on Hillsborough Street have also been robbed recently – Gumby's Pizza on Dec. 22 and Pizza America on Jan. 8. During that crime, an employee was shot.

Although police say it is not a big increase in crime, they urged businesses and people in the area to use caution .

Some visitors to the area say they feel unsafe.

"You never know what can happen," said Aena Ko. "A lot of people are just wandering around, besides students."

Police were still investigating Sunday's robbery, in which the suspects face multiple charges, but they have not said whether they think the suspects are linked to the other crimes.

All four men are charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Demetrius Morgan and Dyrick Morgan – whom police say are brothers – were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.


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  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jan 27, 2009

    "Dyrick?" is this a real name?

  • FromClayton Jan 26, 2009

    hey everyone. is this the first you have heard about the hillsborough st. robberies? I work on H. St. and this is the first I have heard... Am I just late getting the info, or has it not been reported?

  • smcallah Jan 26, 2009

    "do you really think the ones doing the robberies just got laid off from IBM? I doubt it. They were criminals before the economy went south."

    Regardless of when they became criminals, are you implying that it's an acceptable excuse for armed robbery that you just got laid off?

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 26, 2009

    "the economy may have contributed to the number of robberies being committed"
    do you really think the ones doing the robberies just got laid off from IBM? I doubt it.
    They were criminals before the economy went south.

  • theendoftheroad Jan 26, 2009

    My son happened to be working there when it happened... they knew they were going to be robbed before the guys came through the door... the silent alarm was triggered and the police weren't more then 30 seconds behind the robbers... and on that section of Hillsbourgh St... you need at least 5minutes to get any where!!! Thanks RPD for the quick work!!

  • iron fist Jan 26, 2009

    Glad to see everyone in a good mood and treating each other with respect. I'm just glad no one got hurt.

  • RonnieR Jan 26, 2009

    NO, you would be charged with common law robbery.

  • htomc42 Jan 26, 2009

    "robbery with a dangerous weapon". Interesting. Does that mean that if I stick up a chicken-wing joint with a banana, I would be charged with "robbery with a harmless weapon"??

  • Z Man Jan 26, 2009

    Oh yes, the car/tag could have been stolen but the article did not say anything about that. And who died and made you dictator of blog land?

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 26, 2009

    Gee ZMan...I wonder how they caught him. Probably using that thingie in the back. However, since it very well could have been stolen, maybe that doesn't work too well for identifying the guy. Maybe you need to stay off the blogs.