Man accused of more than 10 robberies held on $5.5 million bond

From staff reportsJanuary 3, 2014 

Brandon Russell: 1/ 2/2014. Charged with: POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. COMMON LAW ROBBERY. ASSAULT INFLICT SERIOUS INJURY. ROBBERY WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON. LARCENY FROM THE PERSON. INJURY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.

— Police are pressing 10 robbery charges against a man arrested Thursday for assaulting a woman to steal her purse.

Brandon Russell, 41, address unknown, is being held on $5.5 million bond.

He was arrested at about 11 a.m. Thursday, he is accused of getting into a woman’s car, grabbing her purse, punching her twice in the face and fleeing, according to the Durham Police Department.

The woman screamed and honked her horn and Russell dropped the purse when several people nearby chased after him, according to police. Officers and police dogs tracked and apprehended Russell to charge him with common-law robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities since charged him in a litany of other cases in which he is accused of:

•  Grabbing money from a cash register at the Dollar General at 2000 Chapel Hill Road and punching a clerk in the face on Dec. 14. He is charged with common-law robbery and assault inflicting serious injury in the case.

•  Displaying what appeared to be the butt of a gun and grabbing money from a register at the same Dollar General on Dec. 16. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in that case.

•  Trying to get into a woman’s car and grabbing a woman’s purse outside a BP convenience store at 2685 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on Dec. 28. He faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and damage to property.

•  Threatening a clerk and grabbing cash at the Kangaroo Express at 3223 N.C. 55 on Dec. 29 He is charged with common-law robbery and communicating threats in the case.

•  Threatening to shoot a clerk and grabbing money from the register of the Cruizers gas station at 3446 Hillsborough Road on Dec. 31. According to police. Russell left a wallet with his name and photo identification on the counter during the robbery. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

•  On Friday, police announced that they also had charged Russell in the Dec. 22 robbery of the Cruizers at 3446 Hillsborough Road, the Dec. 23 robbery of a Kroger store at 1802 North Pointe Drive, the Dec. 23 robbery of a Rite-Aid at 1505 Broad Street, and the Jan. 1 robbery of the Sears at Northgate Mall.

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