Two men arrested in robbery, kidnapping
A Durham police officer arrested two men on armed robbery, kidnapping and assault charges early Wednesday after a male who had been kidnapped escaped and flagged the officer down for help.
The two men – Traqwuan Nelson, 18, of Burrell Road and Alvin Azariah Jones, 21, of South Woodcrest Street – were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy. Both men were placed in Durham County Jail under $1 million bonds.
The victim told officers that he was walking to his vehicle at the BP convenience store at 2406 Holloway Street around 1:15 a.m. when two men armed with guns approached him and forced him into his vehicle. The two men got into the car with him and forced him to drive to an ATM at The Village Shopping Center on North Miami Boulevard. The two men struck the victim several times in the head and face with their guns.
The victim spotted Durham Police Officer K.F. Wheeler patrolling in the shopping center and managed to escape from his vehicle. The victim told her what had happened and Officer Wheeler arrested Jones and Nelson while they were still in the victim’s vehicle.
The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.