DURHAM — Police arrested three men shortly after attempted robberies were reported at two gas stations in a neighborhood just north of Interstate 85 before dawn Thursday.
While some police were responding to a report at 4:25 a.m. that a man with a knife had tried to rob a man as he got into his car at a BP station at 2211 N. Roxboro St., other patrol cars were sent to a second BP station at Avondale Avenue and Foushee Street. A robbery was in progress there, 911 operators had been told.
Police said Master Officer C.S. Barkley saw a man running in the area of the second call and started chasing him on foot. Officers caught him a short time later.
At the same time, other officers found two men in a car parked near the Plaza Garibaldi restaurant on Foushee Street and held them for questioning.
Police charged the man Barkley had chased, Marquis McDonough, 25, with two counts of attempted robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury because of head and hand injuries to a man during the second robbery, police said. McDonough gave police a Georgia address.
The man who was getting into the car at the first BP station was not hurt, though the suspect had grabbed him by the shirt and threatened him with a knife, according to investigators.
The two men in the car Eliud Castellanos, 23, of Merriwether Drive and Matthew Charles Anderson, 25, also of Merriwether Drive were each charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of being an accessory after the fact to a robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Police said the man who was hurt in the second robbery did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.