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Suspects in Durham jewelry store robbery, kidnapping surrender

Posted June 25, 2013

— Two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping at a jewelry store near the Streets at Southpoint shopping mall in Durham late Monday surrendered to police on Tuesday.

Investigators said two men kidnapped an employee who had left Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, at 6813 Fayetteville Road, and then forced her to return and unlock the store around 11 p.m.

A third man, they said, followed them back to the store, where the three stole cash, a large amount of jewelry and the employee's car.

Watching the crime unfold on a live surveillance video feed, an operator for Jared's security provider reported it to 911 after the employee called to say she had to go back inside to get her wallet.

"She entered the location with two males who are wearing hooded sweatshirts, sunglasses and gloves, and they have entered the vault and are removing items at this moment," the operator said in a 911 call released Tuesday afternoon. "We can't tell if she's under duress at this time."

The suspected robbers then fled in the car as well as another vehicle and led police officers on a chase.

One car crashed into a concrete barrier on Meridian Parkway in Durham, and the driver, Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers, 19, of Fuquay-Varina, had to be removed and taken to a local hospital.

Vendai Larpist Irick, 22, of Fuquay-Varina, and Rodney Jerrold Devin Byrd, 20, of Cary, abandoned the second vehicle and jewelry on Kit Creek Road in Cary and fled on foot.

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Irick turned himself in Tuesday afternoon, a Durham police spokeswoman said. Byrd surrendered a few hours later. 

Each of the three is charged with second-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of felony conspiracy and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Irick and Byrd are each being held at the Durham County jail on $3 million bonds.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

The store reopened late Tuesday morning, and management at the store declined to comment. A spokesman for Jared's parent company, Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers, declined to comment and referred all questions to Durham police.

Irick's aunt, Aves Irick, said Tuesday that he is a graduate of Cary High School.

"Right now, we're in total disbelief. We don't know what's going on," she said. "We're definitely in shock."


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  • sunneyone2 Jun 26, 2013

    Billy the Kid, you are incorrect. Burglary is what happens when the building is an unoccupied structure. The kidnapped employee's presence makes this a robbery.

  • sunneyone2 Jun 26, 2013

    That poor woman. I hope she's okay. I'm glad the suspects are all in custody.

  • Phyxius1 Jun 25, 2013

    I'v heard from many LEO a few years back that Durham was the worse place to be a policeman in here in NC.
    If people like this keep coming INTO Durham to do their crimes I can see why..I hardly doubt Durham is the worst with the headlines on WRAL lately...

  • westernwake1 Jun 25, 2013

    "Wouldn't you think the Moral Monday crowd would be concerned about the plague of ruined lives and violence among black youth?

    This robbery, and now the 4 black teens indicted for brutally murdering a homeless man in Raleigh. The mug shots on these pages are monotonously the same day in day out.

    But, the "leaders" of the black community, like Willy Barber, are too busy getting arrested over political matters to be bothered. Messed up priorities..." - publicassistance

    Exactly! The NAACP would be much more effective if they focused on addressing the issues plaguing the black community instead of following Rev. Barber into downtown Raleigh for an absurd attention-seeking protest with the sole intent of raising more money for Rev. Barber.

    What work has Rev. Barber and North Carolina NAACP ever done to directly help black youth and set their lives on the right path? Not one thing. No events for youth. No tutoring. No support for helping parents. Zero assistance from the NAACP.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 25, 2013

    I'v heard from many LEO a few years back that Durham was the worse place to be a policeman in here in NC.

  • NCHighlander Jun 25, 2013

    Scenes like this are like watching re-runs. Parents should made to do time with children. May be they would participate more.
    The parents are pulling triggers and robbing as well. Get real. This is business as usual in the hood.

  • stymieindurham Jun 25, 2013

    ". . . they have a system there to locate gun fire to one block after shots are fired."
    Durham has it as well. It's just not something that needs to be publicized.

  • NE Raleigh Jun 25, 2013

    Scenes like this are like watching re-runs. Parents should made to do time with children. May be they would participate more.

  • arfamr1008 Jun 25, 2013

    Glad they caught them. May these young men learn a valuable lesson while lock up. You need a job, not taking from others.
    June 25, 2013 3:14 p.m.
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    Don't hold your breath. More like in 2 years they'll commit a far more severe crime while on probation. That is much more likely

  • arfamr1008 Jun 25, 2013

    I'm sure William barber is proud of this "revolt against the rich"