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Six arrested after armed robberies, police chases

Posted December 7, 2009 2:09 p.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2009 2:27 p.m. EST

— Durham police said they arrested six men after two separate armed robberies and foot chases over the weekend.

Late Saturday morning, three gunmen entered the GameStop store in the Oak Creek Shopping Center, 4600 Chapel Hill Blvd. They ordered the employees to lie on the floor, then stole cell phones, wallets, money from a safe and numerous games and gaming equipment, police said.

Officers responding to the call spotted a vehicle matching the description of one used by the robbers on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. The driver sped away after being pulled over, police said. The driver lost control while trying to pass another vehicle on Fayetteville Road and crashed into a tree. The men jumped out and ran, but a K-9 search tracked them down.

Gary Lamont Jackson, 20, of Wabash Street, Blair Cooper Tyson, 20, of Delchester Court, Lamont Alston, 19, of Ridgeway Avenue, and Terry Strudwick, 26, of Camden Avenue, were charged with four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of second-degree kidnapping, felony conspiracy and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Studwick faces additional traffic violations. All four were placed in the Durham County Jail under $1 million bonds.

Police also charged Jackson, Tyson and Alston in a similar Nov. 5 robbery of the GameStop store on New Hope Commons Drive.

On Sunday evening, three gunmen robbed the Parkwood Convenience Store, 5100 Revere Road. They pointed a gun at a female employee's head and stole a cash register drawer, a case of cigars, cell phones, a wallet and a necklace.

When an officer tried to stop their vehicle on Lake Cook Drive, the three men ran. Officers caught two of them – Devan Denzell Pennix, 19, of North Duke Street, and William Devoil Allen, 20, of Channing Court.

Pennix and Allen were charged with three counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Both were placed in the Durham County Jail. Allen has a $1 million bond, and Pennix, who was also charged with failure to appear in court on an earlier misdemeanor charge, has a $1,001,000 bond.

A third man, Adam Rashad Wilson, 21, of Tattersall Drive, was arrested in that robbery. He faces the same charges. In addition, police said, Wilson was wanted on a probation violation.

According to state Department of Correction records, Strudwick is on parole after serving seven years for attempted first-degree rape.