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Four arrested after Raleigh robbery, police chase, crash

Posted February 12, 2010

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— Raleigh police arrested four people overnight after a robbery, a chase and a crash.

Around 11 p.m. Thursday, a woman and three men robbed Moe’s Southwest Grill in Cameron Village and held up the manager with a gun as he was leaving, police said.

Authorities identified the suspects as Dwight Sherrod Taylor, 22, of 1208 Garden Grove Lane, Michael Javon Spencer, 19, of 5316 Pronghorn Lane, Tahji Antoine Eley, 18, from "anywhere Raleigh," and Shaniqua Shonta Burrell, 20, of 917 Beverly Drive.

Four arrested after robbery, chase, crash Four arrested after robbery, chase, crash

The four people fled the scene in a stolen Jeep Cherokee and crashed into a tree off Raleigh Boulevard after three police cruisers chased them for about 7 miles, authorities said.

The four suspects then jumped out of the vehicle and ran, investigators said. More than a dozen officers responded to the scene and caught them.

Eley was injured as he ran from police, but was expected to be OK. Emergency crews checked him out at the scene and took him to WakeMed. Authorities declined to say how he was injured.

Authorities credit alert witnesses for giving them a good description of the Jeep and where it was headed.

Police charged the suspects as follows:

Taylor – Possession of stolen motor vehicle, robbery with dangerous weapon (Smith & Wesson .32 caliber revolver), conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $400,000. Taylor had a previous robbery conviction from 2004, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13-16 months.

Spencer – Flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen motor vehicle. Police say he drove "recklessly" and "in excess of 15 miles per hour," and that the crash caused "in excess of $1,000 of property damage." Bond was set at $115,000.

Eley – Possession of stolen motor vehicle, robbery with dangerous weapon, conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $300,000. Eley had a prior cocaine conviction from 2007. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four to five months.

Burrell – Possession of stolen motor vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bond was set at $250,000.

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  • dlb800 Feb 12, 2010

    Dale,

    I couldn't agree with you more... except on one point.
    I don't think they should spend 24 hours in their cell. I think they should be forced to work hard labor. I think they should be forced to work for food. Give them water (so they last longer if they don't want to work).

    - dlb800

  • panthers254 Feb 12, 2010

    yeah, innocent until proven guilty. unless you are a lacrosse player, then you're just guilty because you have been judged by a group of leftist professors who dont believe in due process.

  • southrenbell222 Feb 12, 2010

    By the way... I am sure all these charges won't stick for all of them!!!

  • southrenbell222 Feb 12, 2010

    If you do the crime you do the time right. Innocent until proven gulity right??? By the way... it will always be a race issue as long as you (whoever black or white) make it one!!!

  • southrenbell222 Feb 12, 2010

    I think it's funny one suspect is from anywhere Raleigh.

  • wakemom Feb 12, 2010

    They were all wrong; case closed.
    wildcat

    exactly!

  • wildcat Feb 12, 2010

    They were all wrong; case closed.

  • panthers254 Feb 12, 2010

    standing up for somebody who you know is wrong, just because you are the same shade. that makes about as much sense as hating someone just because of their shade.

  • wildcat Feb 12, 2010

    these kids were wrong and said nothing else!

    THEY COMMITTED A CRIME AND RAN FROM THE LAW. WHAT IS IT YOU ARE NOT GETTING? PLEASE REREAD THE STORY OR HAVE SOMEONE TO READ IT FOR YOU FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING. THANKS.

  • wildcat Feb 12, 2010

    aside from race.....

    THANKS FOR A GOOD COMMENT THAT AFFECTS US ALL, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

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