Police arrest two people in connection with robberies

January 12, 2010

By Leanora Minai

The Duke University Police Department has arrested two people in connection with two robberies that occurred Monday night.

No one was injured in the incidents – one of which occurred in a Central Campus parking lot; the other off campus on Erwin Road. Police apprehended the suspects within 20 minutes of the first reported incident.

The first robbery occurred just after 11 p.m. Monday as two Duke students chatted at 209 Alexander Ave., a parking lot on Central Campus, police said.  Two males – one carrying a gun; the other, a knife – approached the students and demanded cash and a cell phone from one of the students.

The suspects took property and fled on foot, said John Dailey, Duke police chief. Within minutes, police from Duke and Durham canvassed the area.

“The victims did a good job calling us immediately and gave us a good, detailed description of the suspects,” Dailey said. “We were able to get in the area and start looking for them.”

Within 20 minutes, Duke and Durham officers apprehended the suspects, who are 17 and 22, at the intersection of Anderson and Erwin roads. During a field interview, officers found property, including a cell phone that matched the description of property taken from the Duke student, Dailey said.

As the officers interviewed the suspects, police got a call about another robbery at 1901 Erwin Road. The victim in that robbery, also a Duke student, provided a description that matched the description of the suspects. Property taken during that robbery also was found on the suspects, Dailey said.

Arrested on charges of robbery with a weapon and weapon on campus are the 17-year-old, who is a juvenile, and Keith Jennings, 22, both of Durham. They are booked in the Durham County Jail, each on $500,000 bond.

Dailey said the students’ immediate reporting of the incident, their detailed descriptions, as well as the collaboration among Duke and Durham officers, led to Monday’s quick arrest.

Said Dailey, “That’s how we stopped them.”