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Suspect charged with robbing Durham food delivery drivers

Posted October 10, 2011 3:28 p.m. EDT

— Police said Monday that they have charged a 16-year-old in connection with a string of robberies of food delivery drivers in Durham in recent weeks.

An employee of Chopstix Chinese Restaurant, on Avondale Drive, told officers he was making a delivery in the 4100 block of Sudbury Road late Saturday when two men robbed him at gunpoint of food and a small amount of cash.

Investigators later arrested Courtland Isaih Bradford, of Sudbury Road. Police said a search of his home turned up a gun and evidence linking him to four other recent armed robberies:

  • Two armed men robbed a Papa John’s Pizza driver of pizza, soda and cash on Sept. 24 in the 600 block of East Carver Street.
  • Three armed men robbed a Domino's Pizza driver of pizza and cash on Sept. 26, also in the 600 block of East Carver Street.
  • Four armed people robbed a Pizza Hut driver of pizza and cigarettes on Oct. 1 in the 4000 block of Brambury Crossing.
  • Two men robbed a Randy's Pizza driver of pizza and cash on Oct. 5 in the 600 block of East Carver Street.

Police said the Pizza Hut driver was hit on the head with a gun when he fought with one of the robbers. He then hit one of the robbers with his vehicle as the group tried to flee, and one of the robbers fired several shots at the driver's vehicle. The driver wasn't wounded by the gunfire.

Bradford was charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of possession of stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was placed in Durham County jail under a $1million bond.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Durham police Salmon at 919-560-4582, extension 29238, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.