Chase of robbery suspect leads to Durham school lockdowns

From staff reportsMarch 7, 2013 

Darryl Wayne Stephens

DURHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT

— Four schools were locked down for a time before police who were chasing a robbery suspect found him in a field behind one of them, officials said.

Hillside High School, Shepard Middle School and W.G. Pearson and Fayetteville Street elementary schools locked their doors shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday police said.

Police working with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were looking for Darryl Wayne Stephens, 30, of Durham, after finding an abandoned car that they had chased a short time earlier, Durham police said.

The chase had begun on Alston Avenue after a man that police believed was Stephens refused to stop for them.

Stephens was in a field behind Fayetteville Street Elementary when police caught up to him, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Police served arrest warrants charging Stephens with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping in the nighttime hold-up Feb. 11 of a Cruizers convenience store at 3578 Hillsborough Road.

Stephens was one of two men wearing masks who robbed the business, police said.

Authorities also charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and three counts of felony conspiracy in a Feb. 28 incident in which a man was kidnapped from a parking lot and forced to drive to a State Employees Credit Union branch.

In a third case, police charged Stephens in a Nov. 10 domestic incident.

And they filed traffic charges from the Tuesday chase.

Stephens was being held at the Durham County Jail in lieu of $505,000 bail.

The task force draws law enforcement officers from federal, state, county and municipal agencies to look for suspects.

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