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Police Still Searching for 2 in Durham Crime Spree

Posted November 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A series of brutal crimes against Latinos in Durham still has police searching for suspects. More than 150 violent crimes have been committed against Latinos this year.

Durham police have arrested two suspects and a third turned himself in Monday night. Two others are still on the loose. Police are aggressively looking for the them, but fear they may have left town. The brutal nature of the crimes has police concerned someone will be killed before the rampage is over.

Several homes have been broken into by young masked men brandishing guns. Their pattern is to take what they want and leave residents terrified.

Taqiyy Coley and Romone Miles were arrested Friday and charged with 18 counts of robbery and 18 counts of kidnapping. James W. Daye turned himself in at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Police are still looking for Chris Thompson and Eric Parry. Daye, Thompson and Parry are charged with rape, attempted sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping and armed robbery. During the crimes, police say victims were forced to undergo brutality with guns pointed at their heads.

Durham Police Cpl. Fran Borden says the men were out of control.

Borden says the suspects may have left Durham and that there may be still others involved. He says there could be as many as 100 crimes involved.

Police are stepping up efforts with a special Crimestoppers phone line just for Spanish speaking residents.

Borden says people have begun to come forward with information.

Durham police really want these suspects. They say anyone with any information about the crimes to call Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200. Spanish speaking residents are urged to call919-560-4925. This is a special phone manned by bi-lingual officers.

Photographer:Lori Foushee