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Suspects identified in Duke Gardens robberies

Posted July 31, 2013

— Duke University police issued warrants Wednesday for two people wanted in two armed robberies at Duke Gardens.

Investigators are searching for Denshawn S. Thompson, 20, and Tamisha L. Thompson, 20, who face numerous charges in connection with the robberies. Police could not say whether the suspects are related or where they live.

The first incident happened about 5:30 p.m. July 15 near the Lewis Street access to the gardens. The access is used as a cut-through and not frequently taken by visitors, police said. Two people told police they were robbed by two assailants carrying silver-colored handguns.

The second incident happened July 25, about 1 p.m., in about the same location, near the Lewis Street entrance to Duke Gardens. The victims told police the suspects carried a knife and a handgun.

“These charges are a result of aggressive investigatory work and the assistance of the community, Durham Police and other agencies,” Duke Police Chief John Dailey said in a statement. “We never want these crimes to occur and appreciate the excellent work that has gone into these cases.”

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to an arrest, and callers may remain confidential.


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  • superflames Aug 2, 2013

    boogalooboy, which reports do you speak of and where can they be looked up?

  • Boogalooboy Aug 2, 2013

    Hey rooster, if you pull the reports u may find that Durham did the investigative work....let us know how it goes for ya

  • candyappleelixir Aug 1, 2013

    So glad these criminals were caught... I hope this will serve as a deterent to future criminals... think twice my friends.

  • seankelly15 Aug 1, 2013

    tatermommy52 - "We should boycott Durham until the local politicians do something to keep us safe."

    What would you boycott? Do you live in Durham?

  • tatermommy52 Aug 1, 2013

    We should boycott Durham until the local politicians do something to keep us safe.

  • raleighboy524 Aug 1, 2013

    Not sure I would call the Duke police work as impressive. At first they said the 2 incidents were not related and involved different people. Now, lo and behold, same people in both! A little Barney Fife-ish.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 31, 2013

    I have to praise the Duke Police for impressive work. And kudos to the victims and sketch artists. They look just like the sketches that were released to the press. I hope they're caught soon and face severe punishment.