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One arrested, one sought in armed robbery of Durham restaurant

Posted January 16, 2014

Jose Luis Perez-Alejandre, of 110 E. Markham Avenue, Durham, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon and fleeing to elude.
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— An 18-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery and car chase near the Durham-Raleigh line, Durham County Sheriff's Office officials said. 

Jose Luis Perez-Alejandre, of 110 E. Markham Ave., Durham, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and simple affray. 

According to investigators, Perez-Alejandre and two unidentified men robbed the Tortilleria Y Carniceria restaurant, at 3801 Wake Forest Highway, at about 10 p.m.

As deputies responded to the robbery, they located a white Toyota Corolla near Holloway Street and North Miami Boulevard that matched the description of a vehicle seen leaving the restaurant.

Authorities chases the car briefly before it crashed at the intersection of North Guthrie Avenue and Evergreen Street, about three miles from the restaurant.

Perez-Alejandre was taken into custody after the wreck, and he was later taken to a nearby hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. The other man inside the car fled on foot. Authorities did not release any information about his appearance. 

Deputies found weapons and evidence from the armed robbery inside the Corolla. 

Perez-Alejandre's condition was not available early Thursday. He was being held on a $253,000 bond and will make a first court appearance Friday at 10:30 a.m., officials said.

Anyone with information about the location of the other man inside the car should call the Durham Sheriff's Office.

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