Durham County

Durham police charge 2 with armed robbery, stolen car; 3rd suspect jumped and ran

Police charged two people late Sunday with an armed robbery of a West Trinity Avenue store where a shot was fired.

Two men armed with guns and wearing black bandanas over their faces entered Triangle D Food Mart at 403 W. Trinity Ave. around 9 p.m. Sunday, police reported. One fired a shot into the floor of the store during the robbery. No one was injured, police said.

Joyce Beavers
Joyce Beavers Durham Police Department Contributed

Kevin Powell
Kevin Powell Durham Police Department Contributed

The suspects fled in a gray car with New York tags, and Officer J.H. Wagstaff spotted it about 45 minutes later on North Duke Street. He stopped the car in the parking lot of the Hardee’s restaurant at 3912 N. Duke St., and the front passenger jumped from the car and ran. The driver and another passenger stayed in the car.

Police found a gun inside the car, which was reported stolen from Monmouth Avenue on Nov. 18. The suspect who ran was not caught, police said.

Police charged the car’s driver, Joyce Beavers, 35, of Durham, and a passenger, Kevin Deshawn Powell, 26, of Durham, with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Beavers also was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and Powell also was charged with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of hit-and-run, police said.

Both were taken to the Durham County Jail. Beavers was placed under a $300,000 bond; Powell was under a $284,000 bond.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb