Durham County

Durham man arrested following police car chase; charged for robbery, shooting 79-year-old mother, son

Jemar Beulah Jr.
Jemar Beulah Jr. Submitted

Jemar Sherray Beulah Jr., 20, of Durham, was arrested Monday following a vehicle chase and charged with robbing and shooting two people early Sunday on Burnette Street, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Tuesday.

Police responded to the shooting call at 1:53 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Burnette Street.

A 51-year-old man told officers he heard a knock on his door and answered because he was expecting someone but unexpectedly opened his door to the sight of a man he did not know holding and pointing a gun at him.

The man demanded the victim’s car keys and followed him into the house. The man shot the 51-year-old. Next, the unknown man shot the victim’s 79-year-old mother before leaving in the victims’ silver 2013 Chevrolet Cruze.

The mother and son shooting victims were taken to the hospital for treatment and remained hospitalized Tuesday.

The vehicle chase started shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday.

Police officers of Squad 1-C sighted the Chevrolet Cruze, that had been reported stolen during the robbery, after 1 p.m. on Monday.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at Angier Avenue and Plum Street, Michael said, the driver did not stop and “sped away.”

Officers chased the Chevrolet for several minutes.

On Dearborn Drive, the fleeing driver lost control of the Chevrolet Cruze crashing into a tree.

Then, the car caught fire.

The driver, Beulah, was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Michael said, two female passengers in the vehicle were also treated for minor injuries.

Beulah was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of felony fleeing to elude law enforcement officials, one count of aggressive driving and one count of reckless driving.

Michael said Beulah was also arrested on an obtaining property by false pretense charge for allegedly pawning tools that did not belong to him on Feb. 16. He was being held at the Durham County jail in lieu of $350,000 bond.

The two females in the car were questioned by investigators and released.

Anyone with information about the original robbery and shooting is asked to call Investigator Walsh at 919-560-4440, ext. 29248.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks