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Man charged with kidnapping, trying to rob Taco Bell workers

Two men hid in the bathroom of a Taco Bell and then came out and threatened employees at gunpoint, Durham police say.

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Shawn Chris Dula - mug shot 12/19/08 - Taco Bell kidnapping, attempted robbery
DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police arrested a man Friday in an attempted robbery at a Taco Bell restaurant in which two gunmen threatened three employees.

Shawn Chris Dula, 19, of 1008 Wyldewood Road, faces three charges of second-degree kidnapping and one charge each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Investigators said that Dula and another man hid in the bathroom of a Taco Bell, at 3821 N. Duke St., on Nov. 26. Shortly before 10 p.m., they entered the main part of the restaurant and tried to rob the employees and business at gunpoint.

Dula tried to jump over the counter, but he slipped, and his gun discharged, police said. The men went through the pockets of at least one employee but ran from Taco Bell without taking anything, investigators said.

No one was injured in the robbery attempt.

Dula was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond Sunday.

Dula was sentenced to probation for a 2005 common-law robbery in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction records.