Two men arrested for five robberies committed, in only six weeks

Two men have been arrested — charged with five armed robberies perpetrated within a mere six weeks.

Frankie George Grimes, 23, and Marquize Jerrell Knight, 22, both of Durham, were arrested last Thursday night after a robbery of a Subway, sandwich restaurant.

Durham police officers started driving to the Subway, located at 2405 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, around 9:30 p.m. after having received a reported-robbery call.

Subway employees told the officers, two men wearing hoods, tightly-drawn around their faces, entered the sandwich restaurant before jumping over its counter and demanding money.

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Frankie George Grimes Courtesy of the Durham Police Department

Witnesses described how the armed men forced a female employee to the ground, stole cash and fled the scene of their crime in a car.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael explained, “A few minutes later, officers responded to a suspicious person with a weapon near the intersection of House Avenue and Chapel Hill Road.”

Knight and Grimes were arrested on House Avenue, Michael said, and officers recovered an undisclosed amount of cash and a gun.

Knight and Grimes were both charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.

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Marquize Jerrell Knight Courtesy of the Durham Police Department

Knight is additionally accused of stealing a vehicle off of Stone Village Court on March 11 which had been left running, as to warm its engine before a drive.

Consequently, Knight has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and another count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Also, Knight faces two more charges, both for probation violations. He was placed in the Durham County jail under a $1,060,000 bond.

Grimes was placed in the Durham County jail under a $1,030,000 bond.

Accused of four robberies in The City of Durham

  • Two males wearing ski masks entered the Speedway convenient store, located at 803 East Geer Street, shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 and robbed the business at gunpoint.

  • Two men entered the Kroger grocery story, located at 1802 North Pointe Drive, shortly after 5 a.m. on Feb. 11, and pointed guns at two people and took cash.

  • Two males entered the University Market, located at 1108 West Chapel Hill Street, around 10:20 p.m. on March 11 and robbed the business at gunpoint.

  • Three men wearing masks entered the Family Dollar store, located, at 2904 Guess Road, around 10 p.m. on March 19 and robbed the business and a customer at gunpoint.