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Suspect charged with robbing Durham food delivery drivers

Posted October 10, 2011

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— Police said Monday that they have charged a 16-year-old in connection with a string of robberies of food delivery drivers in Durham in recent weeks.

An employee of Chopstix Chinese Restaurant, on Avondale Drive, told officers he was making a delivery in the 4100 block of Sudbury Road late Saturday when two men robbed him at gunpoint of food and a small amount of cash.

Investigators later arrested Courtland Isaih Bradford, of Sudbury Road. Police said a search of his home turned up a gun and evidence linking him to four other recent armed robberies:

  • Two armed men robbed a Papa John’s Pizza driver of pizza, soda and cash on Sept. 24 in the 600 block of East Carver Street.
  • Three armed men robbed a Domino's Pizza driver of pizza and cash on Sept. 26, also in the 600 block of East Carver Street.
  • Four armed people robbed a Pizza Hut driver of pizza and cigarettes on Oct. 1 in the 4000 block of Brambury Crossing.
  • Two men robbed a Randy's Pizza driver of pizza and cash on Oct. 5 in the 600 block of East Carver Street.

Police said the Pizza Hut driver was hit on the head with a gun when he fought with one of the robbers. He then hit one of the robbers with his vehicle as the group tried to flee, and one of the robbers fired several shots at the driver's vehicle. The driver wasn't wounded by the gunfire.

Bradford was charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of possession of stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was placed in Durham County jail under a $1million bond.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Durham police Salmon at 919-560-4582, extension 29238, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • mickeybookie6 Oct 19, 2011

    WRAL Cencorsed me. . another form of injustice. they can post what they please, but you are not allowed to say what you please about it. .

  • mickeybookie6 Oct 19, 2011

    hardship, watch as i would do things worse than Courtland AintRite Bradford.

  • mickeybookie6 Oct 19, 2011

    excuse me, (correction) in prison than college.

  • mickeybookie6 Oct 19, 2011

    First off, i find it funny how America has the steepest punishments for the crimes that America itself were founded upon; murder, robbery, kidnapping, and corruption. Why become so different now? A black male w/o money will always face injustice in America, and though im sure they exist, i've yet to come before a A. American judge, or see one outside of a T.V production. A wealthy white citizen with these exact charges would have been out on bail by now, facing nonething other than intensive probation and possibly house arrest with a fine. I know Courtland Bradford PERSONALLY and have witnessed injustice at ALL levels;i.e in a bogus court system, in a bogus Board of Edu., & even injustice and corruption within the United States Army. With so many black male's faces slewn across networks such as this, you'd think it was more A. A males in jail than prison. For the record, it isn't. I'm in no way justifying his actions, cause MORALLY, they were wrong, but remove my daily bread and presnt

  • hankpayton Oct 13, 2011

    What's sad is seeing his face here - knowing that he is just a boy whose life will forever be changed by the choices he's made. Please stop looking at these boys as criminals. They are young and misguided. The decisions they are making now are slowly but surely ensuring that their lives will never be as meaningful as they could've been..

    Don't get me wrong, I obviously feel for anyone who was assaulted, injured, or etc and would never wish that on anyone.

  • fatchanceimwrong Oct 11, 2011

    High crime rates for young black males...it's something that society just has to deal with, unfortunately. There's really no fixing the problem. It would be nice for some leaders to start promoting the importance of family values, education and giving back to the community but those who have tried to step into that role have been shunned.

    On a good note, I saw a commercial the other day where it was a highschool basketball game and the ball goes out of bounds. The ref calls that it was touched by team B, and a kid on team A admits that he touched the ball last and the ref got the call wrong. That went against his team, but his coach commended him for doing the right thing. We need more positive messages like that aimed at young black youth and less of the gang mentality that's been supported in the media.

  • luvwhljr.neways Oct 11, 2011

    uday, you miss the point. Kids will do things when they are hungry. People will do things out of their nature when they have children crying because they are hungry. How far would you go to feed your starving child?

  • udaycoosay Oct 11, 2011

    So, luvwhljr, poverty causes crime. Thanks for that fresh input.

  • luvwhljr.neways Oct 11, 2011

    This is a shame. Why did a child do this? Folks, we are going to see this kind of thing happen again and again. People are out of work, can't find work, therefore families are starving. It may not be you, but I bet my last dollar someone you all know may be in this type of situation.

  • lkahn1 Oct 11, 2011

    Great...another burden for the taxpayers!