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Three charged with robbing man at Raleigh hotel

Posted January 8, 2015 10:46 a.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2015 1:58 p.m. EST

From left: Cadeidra Shante Alston, Taquan Jaleel Graham and Herbert Thomas Watson

— Police charged three people in a case in which a man said he was robbed when he went to a Raleigh hotel room Wednesday morning to meet a woman.

Taquan Jaleel Graham, 22, Cadeidra Shante Alston, 19, and Herbert Thomas Watson, 23, were each arrested on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with allegations that they threatened the man with an air pistol and stole $600 from him.

Police have not commented on the investigation, but employees at Extended Stay America, at 4810 Bluestone Drive, called police shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday after the man – wearing only boxer shorts – ran into the hotel's office reporting that two people hiding in the room robbed him.

"I was going in to visit a girl that I met, and she went in, and I don't know, this dude came out of the bathroom, and he had a gun," the man said in the 911 recording.

"They got my money, my car keys. I ran out of the room. I was barely naked," he added, saying the two men and woman fled in a silver Oldsmobile Alero.

Police took Graham, Alston and Watson into custody a short time later at a gas station near Crabtree Valley Mall – about 1.5 miles from the hotel.

Alston, of 561 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, and Graham, of 4829 Tapers Drive, Raleigh, were in jail Thursday under a $100,000 secured bond. Watson, of 1930 Bakers Grove Way, Raleigh, was in jail under a $125,000 secured bond.

Watson and Graham have numerous arrests on various charges. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, however, Graham received probation for a larceny charge in 2012. Watson received probation and suspended sentences on a 2013 felony breaking and entering charge and a 2014 charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.