Second Duke Gardens armed robbery reported in two weeks

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Duke University police responded early Thursday afternoon to an armed robbery reported at Duke Gardens.

This is the second armed robbery in two weeks at Duke Gardens. The crime was reported at 12:55 p.m. near the Lewis Street entrance, and the victim was uninjured, according to a Duke University Police Department alert.

Two suspects were last seen heading north toward Erwin Road.

The first male suspect was described as having a dark complexion, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He is about 17 to 20 years old and wore a black shirt, black pants and a hat or rag on his head. He carried a silver handgun.

The second suspect had a medium complexion, was about 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build. He also is described as about 17 to 20 years old and may have carried a knife.

Another armed robbery was reported on July 15 around 5:30 p.m., when two gunmen robbed two people near the less-traveled portion of the gardens near Lewis Street. The two victims were uninjured.

For that incident, police said the robbers were armed with silver-colored guns. One was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build, short-braided hair, wearing jeans and a white tank top. The other gunman was 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a heavy build, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt.

Duke Police Chief John Dailey told The Herald-Sun that the department has had staff working overtime and conducting additional patrols since the July 15 robbery.

The campus police department also is working closely with the Durham Police Department and requesting help from the community in identifying the suspects. The department already has received several tips regarding the crimes.

Duke police are not sure if the two crimes are related, Dailey said, although both happened at the Lewis Street entrance.

“The campus is safe, and it’s highly unusual for us to have robberies on campus, much less during the daytime,” Dailey said. “Clearly this is the highest priority to us.”

If you have any information related to this incident, contact the Duke University Police Department at (919) 684-2444. Report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.