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Police: Armed men robbed five in Raleigh home

Posted June 28, 2009
Updated June 29, 2009

— Two armed men burst into a Raleigh home occupied by five people – including two children – overnight Saturday, robbed and assaulted the residents, according to arrest warrants.

Joshua Nathaniel Ross, 18, of 708 Hanska Way, was charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Wake County Jail officials said that Clovis Lester Douglas faces the same charges in the case and an additional charge of assault on a female.

According to arrest warrants, two men armed with handguns forced their way into a townhome at 1011 Beachpointe Ave. between midnight Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. Ross hit the two men on the face and head and forced one to show him where valuables were in the house, the warrant says. Douglas is accused of assaulting the one woman in the house.

The men fled after taking a laptop, two cell phones and cash, worth about $1,000 total, the warrant says.

Officer M. Slocum spotted a vehicle matching a description given by the victims at a Sheets gas station at New Bern Avenue and North Rogers Lane, said Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Slocum caught Douglas after a foot pursuit in the area, while Ross fled in the vehicle on New Bern toward Raleigh.

Officer F.J. Maddocks spotted the vehicle again and led efforts to stop it in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on New Bern Avenue, where Ross was arrested, Sughrue said.

Both men were being held in the Wake County Jail Sunday under separate secured bonds of $500,000. Douglas has also been placed under a retainer by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.


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  • veyor Jun 29, 2009

    Better arm yourselves kiddies. My wife and I both know how to shoot.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 29, 2009

    Almost all home invasions are drug related. I will bet that this was the case. How do I know? You'd know too if you were in my line of work.

  • Chole Jun 29, 2009

    Thank God they are off the streets.

  • YNCSW51 Jun 29, 2009

    This is aweful. I hope they are punish to the maximum allowed by law.

  • ccs1920 Jun 29, 2009

    Raptor06/ Why do you say that someone has issues when they speak the truth.

  • thecatsmeow Jun 29, 2009

    These thugs are getting more brazen and stupid, to rob a townhome where neighbors are obviously close by. Good work, Raleigh PD!

  • ncwebguy Jun 29, 2009

    The two who committed these horrible crimes are *thankful* for the posters on here who support their gun "rights". I doubt they are part of an "armed milita" that the second amendment guarantees and the NRA continues to twist into "guns and ammo for all".

    It is probably a lot harder to rob a townhouse with five people in it with just a baseball bat or really sharp knife.

  • Raptor06 Jun 29, 2009

    A "gangsta" crime deserves a "gangsta" sentence. I don't care if he didn't know his father or if he had a high sugar diet for lunch. I'd really like for our justice system to consider the plights of crime victims. Justice isn't "blind" in our courts. It's very pro-accused and anti-victim.

    Great work officers!!

    Patriot1 - I concur with you 100 percent
    Sidekick - You have other issues...I feel sorry for you

  • Sunday Bandit Jun 29, 2009

    Careful what you say Patriot. they are always listening.I agree with you though.If everyone sat around the house with a loaded shotgun near bye there would be zero home invasions.
    Get armed america, take back our communities and run the scum bags out...

  • Patriot1 Jun 29, 2009

    They would be dead on the spot if they did that to my home. Shoot first , ask questions later.