Durham police charge man in string of robberies

From staff reportsOctober 18, 2012 

— A city resident has been charged with at least six of 10 robberies – seven of them purse-snatchings – that happened between Sept. 25 and early Tuesday, police said.

Ronald Dukes, 36, of Sherwood Drive was arrested Wednesday afternoon, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Three blocks away, Michael said, officers recovered a stolen Ford Expedition that victims had said was used as an escape vehicle in some of the robberies.

Purse-snatchings accounted for seven of the robberies, with which police had sought the public’s help earlier Wednesday.

In all the cases, victims described the robber as a muscular black man between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-1, making detectives believe the cases were related.

Dukes was charged with six counts of common-law robbery, three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny, one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering a vehicle, careless and reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Michael said detectives were still interviewing witnesses to try to close all the cases.

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