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Police: Mother pulled daughter to safety as armed man stole car with child inside

Posted June 26

— Police are searching for a man who pointed a gun at a woman and children at a Durham store before attempting to steal their car with a child still inside.

Authorities said the woman was placing items in her car at the Quality Mart at 2007 Presidential Drive while her children were fastening their seatbelts when an armed man approached them at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities said the man pointed the gun at the woman and two children and demanded they exit the car.

Authorities said the mother had to pull her 5-year-old daughter by the leg to get her to safety as the man entered the car and began to drive away.

The woman told police that she had a gun, a money order, cash and a cellphone in the car. It was later recovered at the intersection of Appling Way and Lumley Road, but authorities did not say if the items had also been recovered.

The man was described as being black or Hispanic with a slender build and two teardrops tattooed under his left eye. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and believed to be in his 20s.

Authorities said the man was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, a black winter hat and a blue surgical mask.

Anybody with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • James Marley Jun 27, 7:41 a.m.
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    This is very true. Last week I had dinner with a friend of mine who is in the Durham PD. He essentially told me that police chief there has created an environment where they cannot do their jobs properly for the fear of "racial profiling". Therefore they only answer to 911 calls. My friend is so frustrated by all of this he will be leaving soon for a much smaller police force that is in the middle of nowhere on I-95. From everything he described it sounds that things in Durham are going to get much worse crime wise. I feel for the honest law abiding citizens of Durham.

  • Chris Holcomb Jun 27, 5:56 a.m.
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    According to conversations I've had with active duty police officers in Durham, the force has been heavily shackled and they can only respond to 911 calls due to accusations of racial profiling. That's why you see protesters shutting down highways in Durham but not Raleigh or Cary for example; the police are under heavy scrutiny. If that's true, I question does that really benefit the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens in Durham of all races, or is there a better way to tackle the problem. It will be interesting to see the crime data in the upcoming years, but I elect to stay away from Durham in the meantime.

  • William Price Jun 26, 11:50 p.m.
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    another day in durham