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Six arrested after armed robberies, police chases

Posted December 7, 2009
Updated December 8, 2009

— Durham police said they arrested six men after two separate armed robberies and foot chases over the weekend.

Late Saturday morning, three gunmen entered the GameStop store in the Oak Creek Shopping Center, 4600 Chapel Hill Blvd. They ordered the employees to lie on the floor, then stole cell phones, wallets, money from a safe and numerous games and gaming equipment, police said.

Officers responding to the call spotted a vehicle matching the description of one used by the robbers on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. The driver sped away after being pulled over, police said. The driver lost control while trying to pass another vehicle on Fayetteville Road and crashed into a tree. The men jumped out and ran, but a K-9 search tracked them down.

Gary Lamont Jackson, 20, of Wabash Street, Blair Cooper Tyson, 20, of Delchester Court, Lamont Alston, 19, of Ridgeway Avenue, and Terry Strudwick, 26, of Camden Avenue, were charged with four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of second-degree kidnapping, felony conspiracy and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Studwick faces additional traffic violations. All four were placed in the Durham County Jail under $1 million bonds.

Police also charged Jackson, Tyson and Alston in a similar Nov. 5 robbery of the GameStop store on New Hope Commons Drive.

On Sunday evening, three gunmen robbed the Parkwood Convenience Store, 5100 Revere Road. They pointed a gun at a female employee's head and stole a cash register drawer, a case of cigars, cell phones, a wallet and a necklace.

When an officer tried to stop their vehicle on Lake Cook Drive, the three men ran. Officers caught two of them – Devan Denzell Pennix, 19, of North Duke Street, and William Devoil Allen, 20, of Channing Court.

Pennix and Allen were charged with three counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Both were placed in the Durham County Jail. Allen has a $1 million bond, and Pennix, who was also charged with failure to appear in court on an earlier misdemeanor charge, has a $1,001,000 bond.

A third man, Adam Rashad Wilson, 21, of Tattersall Drive, was arrested in that robbery. He faces the same charges. In addition, police said, Wilson was wanted on a probation violation.

According to state Department of Correction records, Strudwick is on parole after serving seven years for attempted first-degree rape.


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  • brucem Dec 8, 2009


  • tommys5 Dec 8, 2009

    They were only making reality out of some of the games they had been playing. ???????????

  • jprime Dec 8, 2009

    To be fair, when those Gamestop people nag me over and over to trade in my games, it makes me want to hold up the place too.

  • ginaosbo Dec 8, 2009

    Awww, and those are such fine looking citizens too! Ya'll need to to cut'm a break. They are not responsible for their actions, this is purely a manifestation of a problem with Society, not their fault!

  • sssh.. whisper Dec 7, 2009

    I wonder if these were the same individuals who were robbing people at gun point on Saturday night at Sutton Station on Fayetteville Rd...

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 7, 2009

    It's ironic when black criminals get caught on Martin Luther King Jr. Rd, whether it's Durham, Raleigh, etc. That's kind of a slap in the face of someone who dedicated his life to the betterment of the black community.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 7, 2009

    Profiling is 100% right and is performed by EVERY individual EVERYDAY. You ALL profile, whether you realize it or not. Profiling works much more than it fails.

    But concerning the story, these guys will all be back on the streets before Christmas. Most probably before the end of the week.

  • turdferguson Dec 7, 2009

    Do you get video games in jail?

  • tarheelbabe Dec 7, 2009

    passing judgement is wrong, huh? (sarcasim)

  • OzzzMan Dec 7, 2009

    The Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, should sue and find out why this kind of stuff keeps happening. Parental guidance?