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Robbery suspect crashes car into Durham home

Posted December 3, 2009 11:24 a.m. EST

— Police were searching Thursday for the driver of a car that slammed into a house Wednesday night after officers tried to question the car's occupants in a robbery investigation.

Officers responded to an armed robbery call at an apartment complex at 904 Parkridge Road at about 9 p.m.Wednesday.  A man told them he was walking to his apartment when two men robbed him at gunpoint, police said.

As officers were talking to the robbery victim, a second man ran over to the officers and told them two men had just robbed him and shot at him inside his apartment, police said. The second victim gave officers a description of a vehicle he believed the robbers were driving.

Officers stopped a blue Chevrolet Caprice in the apartment complex parking lot, the passenger jumped out and the driver sped away, police said. The driver drove across a lawn, crashed into a house on Lansgate Drive and fled on foot, police said.

Officers apprehended the passenger. Corey Lamont Whoie, 19, of Pilot Street, was charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of first-degree burglary. He was placed in Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond.