Durham police charge three in kidnap, jewel robbery, car chases

From staff reportsJune 25, 2013 

— Three men are charged with kidnapping, robbery and several other charges after thieves held a clerk at gunpoint to rob a jewelry store late Monday.

The robbery happened about 11 p.m. at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, 6813 Fayetteville Road, near the Streets at Southpoint.

Police said two men followed a Jared employee, kidnapped her and took her back to the store while a third man followed in a second car.

The employee unlocked the store, and the trio robbed her and the store and took her car, according to reports.

Having received a report of a robbery in progress, officers arrived as the two cars were pulling away from the store. The suspects departed in separate directions with police cruisers in pursuit.

The car driven by Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers, 19, of Fuquay-Varina, crashed on Meridian Parkway. He was apprehended and taken to a hospital where he is being treated for injuries that do not appear life-threatening, according to Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The second vehicle – carrying Vendai Larpist Irick, 22, of Fuquay-Varina, and Rodney Jerrold Devin Byrd, 20, of Cary – crashed on Kit Creek Road in Cary, and the two ran away, Michael said. They both later turned themselves into police and were being held Tuesday night at the Durham County Jail, their bail set at $3 million each.

All three men are each charged with second-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of felony conspiracy and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Capt. Don Hamilton, head of the Cary police investigations division, said detectives were looking into leads that might connect the Jared suspects to recent the recent robberies of a McDonald’s restaurant and a store manager at a Wells Fargo bank night deposit.

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