Gunmen rob convenience store

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Durham police are investigating an armed robbery Wednesday evening at the Triangle Mini Mart at 4003 Fayetteville St.

Officers responded to the armed robbery call at 9:49 p.m. An employee of Triangle Mini Mart said two black men entered the store with handguns and demanded money. 

The first suspect is described as 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds.  He wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt and had a blue-and-white bandana covering his face.  The second suspect is described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a gray-and-black hooded sweatshirt and had a blue-and-white bandanna covering his face. 

The suspects fled the scene in a light silver/gray colored Mitsubishi sedan.

Officers responding to the robbery saw a Mitsubishi sedan matching the description of the vehicle used in the robbery.  Officers followed and stopped the vehicle at 308 S. Alston Ave.  Two occupants left the car and ran toward the Durham Freeway. Freeway traffic in both directions was stopped as officers looked for the suspects. 

Both suspects were located and detained, and the freeway reopened shortly thereafter.  Two other occupants of the Mitsubishi remained at the vehicle and were detained. 

During the investigation, police determined that the four detained suspects would not be charged with the Mini Mart robbery, but three were held on unrelated charges.

- Kyle Maurice Fisher, 25, was arrested on outstanding warrants for driving while license revoked and failure to report an accident.

- Deshawn Lee Ray, 21, was arrested on an outstanding order for arrest for a misdemeanor probation violation.

- John Erston Sykes, 27, was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver it.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Investigator Emanuel at 919-560-4415, ext. 29306 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.