Police log

Two charged with armed robbery conspiracy
Dec. 15, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

DURHAM - A Durham pair was arrested after an alleged attempted armed robbery and conspiring to rob others.

Mario Blanding, 26, of Cushman Street, and Amanda Medlin, 21, of Ivey Wood Lane, were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Blanding was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault by pointing a gun, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Blanding was being held on a $600,000 secured bond.

Medlin is accused of conspiring with Blanding to rob someone and also charged with accessory after the fact after allegedly getting rid of the gun Blanding used.

Medlin was being held on a $275,000 secured bond.

In other crime:

Jermaine Bentley, 39, of Liberty Street was arrested and charged with assault by strangulation, second degree sexual offense, first degree kidnapping, assault on a female, communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly using a phone cord to choke a woman, kidnapping and sexually assaulting her. Bentley is also accused of slapping the woman in the face, hitting her on the side of her head with a metal stick, punching and kicking her while she was down, beating her about the body with the metal stick and threatening to kill her. Bentley was being held without a bond.

Travon Deshawn Brooks, 17, of Peppercorn Street was arrested and charged with nine counts of breaking and/or entering, 10 counts of larceny after breaking and/or entering, eight counts of possession of stolen goods/property, 12 counts of conspiring to obtain property under false pretense, felony larceny and breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle. Brooks is accused with not complying with the conditions of his release and was being held with a $50,000 secured bond.

Daniel Reid Oakley, 20, of Granddale Drive, was arrested and charged with larceny from the person, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly taking a woman’s wallet, running from police and having a syringe in his possession. Oakley was being held with a $5,000 secured bond.

Leonidis Maldonado, 35, of Young Avenue, was arrested and charged with interfering with emergency communications, assault on a female, injury to personal property, four counts of assault by strangulation and communicating threats. He was being held without a bond.

Melvin Lomar Fields, 30, of Sherwood Drive, was arrested and charged with interfering with emergency communication, communicating threats, assault by strangulation, second degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of using his hands and the victim’s scarf to strangle her and hitting her in the head with a baseball bat. Fields was being held without a bond.