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One man charged, second sought in UNC dorm robbery

Posted April 5, 2011

— Campus police arrested one man Monday and were still searching for another Tuesday after students said they were robbed in their dormitory room at the University of North Carolina.

The armed robbery in the Morrison Residence Hall was reported at about 12:20 a.m. Monday, police said.

Luther O'Neal Allison, 24, of Hillsborough, was arrested at the dorm and was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and resisting arrest.

A second man, identified as Michael DeAngelo Williamson, 26, of Durham, fled on foot, police said.

Police found no weapon on Allison, and they said it was unclear whether Williamson was armed.

The robbery victims know the two suspects, police said, adding the men were invited into the dorm by someone who lived there.

UNC didn't issue a campus-wide alert following the robbery because officials didn't believe there was an ongoing threat to the community, said Randy Young, spokesman for UNC Public Safety.

"We're constantly evaluating how we communicate both through emergency situations and through standard communication," Young said.

Signs were posted at Morrison Residence Hall on Tuesday to remind students to keep their room and suite doors locked and not to allow anyone without keys to follow into the dorm.

"It would have been more reassuring if they would have been, like, 'Hey, this happened. We caught one guy. You don't have to worry to too much,'" freshman Brittany Woods said. "If my roommate didn't say anything to me, I probably wouldn't have known (about the robbery)."

Allison has been arrested more than a dozen times previously, according to court records.

The case remains under investigation.


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  • ccs1920 Apr 6, 2011

    tritonlm6/ I'll volunteer to help line them up.

  • tritonlm6 Apr 6, 2011

    Right. Praise God. Maybe God ought to do something about these misfits. Can't he strike them down with lightning or something?

  • fayelcox Apr 5, 2011

    Praise God no one was injured and even better no one was killed.

  • skinnygranny Apr 5, 2011

    Oh look. More racial profiling.

  • mikeyj Apr 5, 2011

    Closest he'll ever get to "higher education".

  • outback1967 Apr 5, 2011

    A real winner right here folks...

  • carolinafan Apr 5, 2011

    This guy has a $16,000 secured bond so I guess he is out by now and he can continue his job of robbing tonight!

  • as336 Apr 5, 2011

    According to the Daily Tar Heel, the students who were robbed did not know the suspects. Someone in the building knew who they were and let them in the door.

  • as336 Apr 5, 2011

    As a student, the fact that DPS didn't send out an alert to students that an armed robber was on campus is more frightening than the robbery itself. We rely and pay for this advanced "Alert Carolina" system, yet they didn't deem it necessary for this situation because someone knew who the men were? I'm sorry, but if someone is running around campus with a gun that they just held in someone's face, I have the right to know about it.

  • SurvivorOne Apr 5, 2011

    Just another DNA who needs to become room temperature ASAP!