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One man charged, second sought in UNC dorm robbery

Posted April 5, 2011 9:28 a.m. EDT
Updated April 5, 2011 5:27 p.m. EDT

— Campus police arrested one man Monday and were still searching for another Tuesday after students said they were robbed in their dormitory room at the University of North Carolina.

The armed robbery in the Morrison Residence Hall was reported at about 12:20 a.m. Monday, police said.

Luther O'Neal Allison, 24, of Hillsborough, was arrested at the dorm and was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and resisting arrest.

A second man, identified as Michael DeAngelo Williamson, 26, of Durham, fled on foot, police said.

Police found no weapon on Allison, and they said it was unclear whether Williamson was armed.

The robbery victims know the two suspects, police said, adding the men were invited into the dorm by someone who lived there.

UNC didn't issue a campus-wide alert following the robbery because officials didn't believe there was an ongoing threat to the community, said Randy Young, spokesman for UNC Public Safety.

"We're constantly evaluating how we communicate both through emergency situations and through standard communication," Young said.

Signs were posted at Morrison Residence Hall on Tuesday to remind students to keep their room and suite doors locked and not to allow anyone without keys to follow into the dorm.

"It would have been more reassuring if they would have been, like, 'Hey, this happened. We caught one guy. You don't have to worry to too much,'" freshman Brittany Woods said. "If my roommate didn't say anything to me, I probably wouldn't have known (about the robbery)."

Allison has been arrested more than a dozen times previously, according to court records.

The case remains under investigation.