Police charge woman with Duke Gardens robberies

From staff reportsAugust 2, 2013 

Police have charged a woman with two armed robberies near Sarah P. Duke Gardens. A second suspect remains at large.

Tamisha Thompson, 20, was arrested after a traffic stop on North Roxboro Road near Old Oxford Highway, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. Thompson is charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and other crimes.

The charges stem from robberies near the Lewis Street entrance to the gardens July 15 and July 25.

Police continue to search for Denshawn Thompson, 20, who has also been charged.

In the July 25 incident, a woman told Duke University police that she was robbed in Duke Gardens by two men who had a knife and a handgun, near a little-used entrance on Lewis Street.

On July 15, two people said they were robbed about 5:30 p.m. in the same part of the gardens by two men with silver handguns.

“These charges are a result of aggressive investigatory work and the assistance of the community, Durham Police and other agencies,” Duke Police Chief John Dailey said Wednesday. “We never want these crimes to occur and appreciate the excellent work that has gone into these cases.”

Anyone who knows where Denshawn Thompson might be should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers do not have to identify themselves.

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