Police investigate two armed robberies near Duke Gardens
Posted July 25, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Duke University police released sketches Thursday of two men sought in connection with an armed robbery at Duke Gardens earlier this month.
Police also said a second, unrelated armed robbery took place at the gardens Thursday afternoon.
Chief John Dailey called the robberies "highly unusual."
"We know it's upsetting. It's upsetting to us. It's upsetting to your administration. It's upsetting to the community," Dailey said.
The first incident happened about 5:30 p.m. July 15 near the Lewis Street access to the gardens. The access is used as a cut-through and not frequently taken by visitors, police said.
Two people told police they were robbed by two men carrying silver-colored handguns. One man was described as between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin with short braided hair, wearing jeans and a white tank top. The second man was about the same height, heavier and also wore jeans and a white T-shirt.
In Thursday’s armed robbery, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. in about the same location, near the Lewis Street entrance to Duke Gardens, the suspects carried a knife and a handgun.
The first suspect was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin, 17 to 20 years old and wearing a black shirt, black pants and hat or rag on his head. The second suspect was about 5 feet 11 inches with an average build, 17 to 20 years old and wearing black pants and a black shirt.
Anyone with information on either crime is asked to call police at 919-684-2444.
Stephanie Rosser said the robberies won't deter her from walking her dog Bailey at the gardens.
"I think they are isolated incidents. The police are clearly doing their best to find out who did it," she said.
Dailey said his department is working closely with Durham police.
"We have extra patrols, both police and security officers – some of those in uniform, some of those might not be as visible," he said.