Durham man charged with American Tobacco Trail robbery

krupp@newsobserver.comAugust 2, 2013 

— Police have charged a 22-year-old Durham man Thursday with a June robbery on the American Tobacco Trail.

Police are searching for a second suspect who has not been identified.

Derrick Wells of Otis Street is charged with two counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held at the Durham County jail under $500,000 bail.

The robbery occurred June 18. Two men were walking on the trail between Otis Street and Fayetteville Street around 5:20 p.m. when two men robbed them at gunpoint, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The suspects took $4 and a phone.

A series of armed robberies have occurred along the American Tobacco Trail in recent months. On July 5, a man was robbed of his phone and music player, also near Otis Street; and on July 15, a woman rollerblading was robbed of her phone.

At least 13 crimes – mostly simple assaults and robberies, and one sexual assault – were reported on the American Tobacco Trail in 2012.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery or the second suspect to call Investigator J.J. Locklear at 919-560-4415, ext. 29309, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

Rupp: 919-829-8955

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