Police charge 3 men in kidnapping, jewelry store robbery

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 09:00 PM

Police have charged three men in connection with a kidnapping and armed robbery of Jared Galleria of Jewelry at 6813 Fayetteville Road late Monday.

Investigators said a store employee was followed from the store, kidnapped by two gunmen and forced to return to the store around 11 p.m., according to Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

A third suspect followed them back to the store, she said. The employee was forced to unlock the business and the suspects took cash and a large amount of jewelry. The suspects also robbed the victim and took her vehicle.

Shortly after the suspects fled from the scene, officers tried to stop the two vehicles but the drivers refused to halt. Officers chased one vehicle on Meridian Parkway, where the vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier.

The driver, identified as Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers, 19, of Fuquay-Varina, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that police said did not appear to be life-threatening.

Officers chased the second vehicle to Kit Creek Road in Cary, where the driver stopped the vehicle and the occupants ran. Charges have been filed against Vendai Larpist Irick, 22, of Fuquay-Varina and Rodney Jerrold Devin Byrd, 20, of Cary. Irick turned himself in at Durham police headquarters. Byrd also turned himself in late Tuesday. Bond was set at $3 million.

Shivers, Byrd and Irick have been charged with second-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of felony conspiracy and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Investigators recovered the stolen jewelry from the vehicle that wrecked on Kit Creek Road.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Byrd is asked to call Investigator Guardino at 919-560-4583, ext. 29364 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.