Reward offered to help crack two-hour spate of robberies
Posted April 18, 2009 8:45 a.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — Durham Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information that helps solve six armed robberies that occurred within two hours Thursday night.
Investigators believe that the same people committed at least some of the robberies. The robberies first robbery occurred at 8:30 p.m. and the last a couple minutes before 10:30 p.m.
Police released a timeline of the robberies:
- 8:30 p.m., Steadman Street, near Barry Street – A man approached a male pedestrian and asked for money. The victim refused, and the suspect pistol whipped him and took his wallet and cash. The victim was treated at Durham Regional Hospital for his injuries. The suspect is described as a black man, between 20 and 25 years old, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He wore a black hoodie and blue jeans.
- 9:18 p.m., 24 Hour Check Cashing, 2107 N. Roxboro St. – As a woman was getting into her vehicle in the parking lot, a man pointed a black handgun at her head and stole cash and a cell phone. A second woman getting in the car was not robbed. The suspect was described as a black man, between 19 and 25 years old, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore dark clothing.
- 9:31 p.m., Raleigh-Durham Check Cashing, 1504 Broad St. – Two people were getting in their vehicle when a man got out of a vehicle parked in the corner of the parking lot and robbed both of them at gunpoint. The male got back in the passenger side of the vehicle, which was described as a brown or black 4-door car. The suspect was described as a black man, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing dark clothing. He was armed with a black pistol.
- 9:53 p.m., 200 block of North Duke Street - A man approached and talked with two women at a Shell convenience store on West Main Street. The women left the store, walking on Duke Street. A short time later, the man from the convenience store approached them street, pulled out a black handgun and demanded money. The victims did not give him any cash, and he fled. He was described as a black man, between 20 and 22 years old, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had a medium build and partially braided hair pulled back with a rubber band. He wore a black hoodie, blue jeans with red writing on the back, and black or brown low-top Nike shoes.
- 9:59 p.m., 700 block of South Mangum Street – A man walked out from an apartment complex, pulled out a black handgun and demanded money from a male pedestrian on Mangum Street. He took the victim’s wallet and cell phone. The suspect was described as a black male with a dark complexion, between 17 and 22 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, and weighing around 120 to 140 pounds. He wore a black hoodie and dark clothing.
- 22:28 p.m., Taco Bell, 2101 N.C. Highway 54 East – A man armed with a black handgun demanded money from people sitting in a car in the parking lot. He was described as a black man, between 20 and 30 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing around 170 to 190 pounds. He had a medium complexion and braids or dreads tied back with a bandanna. He wore a black hoodie and dark clothing. He fled in a dark-colored mid-sized sedan with square tail lights.
Police released surveillance photos of the man they believe talked with the women at the Shell gas station and then tried to rob them on Duke Street.
Anyone who can identify the man in the photo or has information on any of these robberies was asked to call Investigator Green at 919-560-4935, ext. 29415 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.