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Two Suspects Arrested In Pepper Spray Robberies

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DURHAM, N.C. — Two men have been arrested and charged with using pepper spray to rob people as they tried to make bank deposits.

Investigators G.C. Zeipekkis and G.K. Coats charged Larry McWilliams, 52, of Carroll Street and Shawn McRae, 29, of Durham with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree kidnapping. Both men were arrested Wednesday at the Wake County Jail, where they were being held on unrelated charges.

They are charged in connection with the following incidents:

  • A May 12 robbery in the parking lot of Wachovia Bank at 3917 University Drive.
  • Two employees of Boston Market on Auto Drive were making a deposit when a man approached them, sprayed them with pepper spray and robbed them of their deposit bag. Paramedics treated both employees at the scene. The suspects fled in a white Chevrolet Astro van.
  • A February 24 robbery at the Bank of America parking lot at 3200 Shannon Road.
  • An employee of the Texaco Zip Mart on Chapel Hill Road was getting out of his car to make a deposit when a man ran up to him, sprayed a chemical in his eyes and demanded the victim's money. The robber grabbed three bags from the victim and jumped in a waiting late 1980s white Chevrolet Astro van with a dent in the right front corner. The van, which was driven by a second male, was last seen going south on University Drive.

    Investigators recovered a white van believed to have been used in the robberies last week in Rocky Mount.

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