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Reward offered for carjacking, robbery suspect

Posted May 8, 2009 9:24 p.m. EDT

— Investigators are offering a reward for information leading to arrests in three business robberies and a carjacking committed this week in northern Durham.

Police are trying to determine if the same person committed all the robberies.

The suspect in all three business robberies was described as a black man, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, 175 to 180 pounds and dressed in black clothing and wearing a mask.

The vehicle stolen during the carjacking may have been used in at least one robbery, investigators believe.

The first robbery was at 10:14 p.m. on May 4 at the BP convenience store on 3834 Guess Road. A masked man entered the store, pointed a gun at employees and demanded money.

The carjacking occurred at 10:45 p.m. on May 5 at the intersection of Murray Avenue and North Roxboro Road. A 25-year-old man told officers he gave two men a ride from the parking lot of McDonald’s on North Roxboro Road at Horton Road. As they approached Murray Avenue one of the men pulled out a gun and took the victim’s 2001 red Ford Escort.

Less than an hour after the carjacking, the Kangaroo convenience store, 4604 North Roxboro Road, was robbed by a man wearing a ski mask. Police said the suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at employees and demanded money. The suspect may have fled in a red car.

The third robbery occurred on May 6 at 3:10 a.m. at the BP convenience store, 2211 North Roxboro Road. A masked man entered the store and demanded cash from employees at gunpoint.

Officer R.S. Cornatzer spotted the stolen Ford Escort at 3:39 a.m. on May 6 and attempted to stop it on William Penn Plaza. The driver refused to stop and drove through a parking lot onto Ben Franklin Boulevard. As the car approached Danube Lane, the driver hit the brakes and two men jumped out of the car, which rolled approximately 75 feet. Officers chased the men on foot, but did not catch them.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the carjacking is asked to call Investigator Jones at 560-4582, ext. 29248 or Crime Stoppers at 683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.