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Armed robbery suspects lead police on high-speed chase

Posted April 30, 2009
Updated May 1, 2009

— Four armed robbery suspects led Wake County sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Johnston to Wake counties Thursday evening, the state highway patrol said.

The chase began after a robbery at the Alta Mobile Home Park,  1000 S. Lombard St. in Clayton, around 6:17 p.m., Clayton Police Chief Glen B. Allen said. While at least one gunshot was reported during the robbery, no one was injured.

The four suspects fled the scene in a green SUV, but Clayton police officers intercepted them. The officers attempted to stop the SUV in the driveway of a mobile home park, but the suspects drove onto Lombard Street towards N.C. Highway 70 Business.

The chase continued into residential streets and downtown Clayton before entering Wake County on Old Garner Road. Wake County sheriff's deputies joined the chase when it entered Garner.

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The suspects' vehicle wrecked at Lee and Bragg Streets, near the Walnut Terrace neighborhood, 111 W. Lee St., where the driver got out of the vehicle and continued on foot.

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Wake County and Raleigh authorities took three of the suspects into custody immediately.

The fourth suspect,  Travis Lee Ferguson, 25, was apprehended a couple hours later, after police said he broke into a woman's apartment at Walnut Terrace and demanded she call him a cab, according to the arrest warrant.

Ferguson, of 3100 Holston Lane Apartment-A in Raleigh; Tony Daniels, 20, of 3271 Calument Drive in Raleigh; Reginald Lee Sutton, 24, of 1815 Cantwell Court in Raleigh; and a 15-year-old, whose identity was withheld, were charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Ferguson also faces charges of speeding to elude arrest and other traffic law offenses.

The adults were placed in the Johnston County Jail, and the 15-year-old was being held in a juvenile security facility. Ferguson was given a $40,000 bond, and Daniels and Sutton were given separate $100,000 bonds.

Clayton officers recovered a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was tossed from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit in Clayton.

The victim of the Clayton robbery, Dominique Theet, 24, said jewelry and a cell phone were stolen from him. All of the items were recovered after being thrown from the suspects' vehicle during the pursuit in Clayton, Allen said.

The suspect’s vehicle hit a Wake County deputy's vehicle at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and State Street during the chase. The deputy is expected to be OK, Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said.


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  • Brejasa May 1, 2009


    Stop putting your foot in your mouth. I grew up in Walnut Terrace and no, seeing high speed chases was nothing that happened on a daily basis. You probably never stepped foot in Walnut Terrace and are going off of what the media puts out (which is usually negative and far from positive). I actually learned a lot growing up there, things that help me daily, especially now during these hard times (and no not robbing) and just b/c u are surrounded by negative doesn't mean that you have to become it or makes it okay. I've never been arrested, I don't do or sell drugs, I take great care of my kids and work for one of the best health entities in the world. So no, just b/c a child lives in Walnut Terrace doesn't mean that they should be ok with or used to acts like this. They are still a child. They could have been hurt, but b/c they live in the "hood" its okay. You'd be amazed at some of the things upper class children are exposed to, doesn't make it okay though.

  • Ladder1 May 1, 2009

    Of course WRAL, then you remove my post because I stated facts about you!!! TRUTH HURTS!!!

  • bronzegoddess40 May 1, 2009

    At the end of the TV interview, the woman says, "Most of the children here have never seen anything like this."

    Really? In Walnut Terrace?

    Why so shocked? Children probably had not seen something like this before. Although that is a bad area, I am sure that there are not police chases on the daily basis as some may think. As with these criminals, they went else where to steal and rob seeing that most of the people in the Walnut Terrace area probably don't have much for them to take, but was a place where they happened to have wreck.

  • Lyle May 1, 2009

    Start by strapping them down over a fire ant hill. We need to start reeling in all these predators for a good, long stay in the pokey. We should be through playing games with these people. We need to start picking apart all these gangs and monsters and making it hurt them more than they hurt us.

  • Dont playa hate- congratulate May 1, 2009

    ok where r all u people that say police shouldn't chase?? oh yea it turned out ok so it fine now...."---

    They are the same ones who don't post to the articles showing positive press about the police. They only come on when something doesn't go right. When it does, they are nowhere to be seen. It's the way of the world.

    Right on! They will be along shortly...they always are...and they'll blame the police for not being at the scene of the original crime to prevent it in the first place, and how its the police's fault for wrecking the car, and making the guy sweat that ran on foot...and they wonder why we become jaded!!

  • Just the facts mam May 1, 2009

    If you put in all 3 names at the NC web site below, you will see they are all convicted felons with previous prison records:

  • Jake B May 1, 2009

    You would think WRAL would have mentioned somewhere that Channel 11's helicopter played a crucial role in apprehending the fourth suspect, but I guess not. I mean give credit where credit is due. You guys just stick to covering traffic and let the big guys do the hard stuff!!!

  • Raleigh Boys May 1, 2009

    Would they have been caught if furloughing and cut backs keep cops off the streets?

  • Fishman May 1, 2009

    Wonder how many of those guys are on probation?

  • babyblue2 May 1, 2009

    you are exactly right "fair play". they do have the power to make a better image BUT it's all about choices. They CHOOSE NOT TO. everyday you turn on the news or open a newspsper this is what you see. it has become the norm. it's by their choice. no one is forcing them to act this way. i too am sick of the race card. if you want a better, positive image then do something acout it and stop pointing the blame finger at everyone else. in addition, if they would spend as much time and energy looking for jobs and working to make a living then maybe society would not look at them negatively. no one is picking on any one race. in my opiniion, it is what it is.