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Durham man charged in 6 armed robberies

Posted January 7, 2020 4:49 p.m. EST

Elmer Jose Mejia Guardado, 22, was arrested Friday at an apartment on Naples Place in Durham. Deputies found clothing, money, a cash register, and other items related to the robberies.

— A Durham man has been charged in six armed robberies across the city, police said Tuesday.

Elmer Jose Mejia Guardado, 22, was arrested on Friday at an apartment on Naples Place in Durham.

Deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office found clothing, money, a cash register and other items related to the robberies of more than 20 Latino-owned businesses.

Police said Tuesday that Guardado was charged with six robberies spanning more than two months:

  • On Oct. 27, three men went into La Central Market, at 2022 Guess Road, wearing Halloween-style masks, police said. One man had a gun, and one man hopped over the counter and opened the register.
  • On Oct. 31, two men went into Tienda Mi Pueblo, at 1000 N. Miami Blvd., while wearing clown masks. At least one of them had a pistol, police said. One man emptied the register while the other took two computers.
  • On Dec. 14, two men entered Tienda La Carniceria Marqueta, at 4701 Hillsborough Road. One man showed a gun and yelled “This is a robbery” in Spanish, police said. The men emptied the registers.
  • On Dec. 18, one man went into Japan Express, at 3409 Hillsborough Road. The man showed a pistol and demanded money, police said. He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
  • On Dec. 22, two men entered Alpaca, at 302 Davidson Ave. One man showed a gun. Police said the other tried to open the register but couldn’t. The two men took the entire register and fled the scene.
  • On Dec. 23, two men entered Tienda Mi Tierra, at 4226 Garrett Road. One man showed a gun, and the other man appeared to have a knife, police said. The two took money from the register.

Guardado may face other charges, police said, and investigators are working to identify other suspects.

Anyone with information about the robberies can call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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