DURHAM — Police are still searching for the accomplice of a man charged with the August shooting and robbery of a puppy salesman.
Police have already charged Taijon Lloyd, 22, of Durham, with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense, according to Lt. Patrice Andrews with the Durham police.
A second suspect, who remains at large, is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-feet-9 , and weighing between 200 and 215 pounds with a “beer belly,” police reported.
Witnesses also said the man had a light brown, caramel complexion, a round face, “an overall dirty appearance,” with matted zigzag design cornrow hairstyle, Andrews said.
The shooting and robbery occurred Aug. 5.
Witnesses told investigators that two men were at Wellon’s Village shopping center on Aug. 4, attempting to sell some puppies. Andrews said the puppy sellers gave their phone numbers to several people who expressed interest in buying a puppy but did not immediately take one.
On Aug. 5, the men received a phone call from one of those prospective buyers, Andrews said, and agreed to meet the buyer at 600 Wittenberg Way, near Cheek Road in East Durham.
But when the puppy salesmen arrived at the agreed location, two men emerged from the woods at nearby Sherwood Park.
One assailant threatened them with a gun and demanded cash, Andrews said.
The armed suspect shot one salesman, who was legally armed, and then took his wallet and two cellphones before running back into the woods with his accomplice, Andrews reported.
She did not disclose condition of the man who was shot.
Police are asking anyone with information about the second suspect to call Detective J. Werner at 919-560-4281 at extension 29121, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of felony suspects and callers never have to identify themselves.