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Second suspect caught in Duke Gardens robberies

Posted August 13, 2013

— Duke University police said Tuesday they have captured a second suspect wanted in connection with two armed robberies last month near Duke Gardens.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Denshawn S. Thompson, 20, shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Red Roof Inn on North Pointe Drive in Durham.

He was being held at the Durham County jail on a $3 million bond.

His cousin, 20-year-old Tamisha Thompson, was arrested by Durham police Aug. 1 during a traffic stop on North Roxboro Road. She was being held on a $2.5 million bond.

Both suspects are charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and other crimes. The armed robberies occurred July 15 and July 25 near the Lewis Street entrance to the gardens.

Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration at Duke, said in a statement that he appreciates the inter-agency cooperation that led to the arrests.


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  • ThatGuyYetAgain Aug 14, 2013

    I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. I was certain this must have been the work of some of those Tea Partiers. Or maybe corporate CEOs, or people who work for oil companies. You know, the bad people in our society. Who could have imagined?

  • tobywilliamson1973 Aug 13, 2013

    No surprise here.

  • Wake1 Aug 13, 2013

    Be back out on the streets in 6-9 mos.

  • earthmama Aug 13, 2013

    The family that robs together...
    ...goes to the pokey together!

  • Tax Man Aug 13, 2013

    Please just keep these two locked up so they can never bother us again. And MEP is correct - you should be able to carry your legal concealed weapon anywhere you go - only illegal weapons should be illegal!

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 13, 2013

    Um, how about giving them each 25 to life without the possibility of parole. Thanks.

  • mep Aug 13, 2013

    Nice to know these violent offenders stalking the gun-free zones at Duke have been caught.