One suspect caught, one sought after Durham County armed robbery

From staff reportsJanuary 16, 2014 

— One man was arrested, and Durham County sheriff's deputies were seeking another one after an armed robbery and a car chase Wednesday night that ended when the suspects' car crashed.

The robbery at Tortilleria Y Carniceria at 3801 Wake Forest Highway was reported about 10 p.m., Deputy Paul Sherwin, sheriff’s office spokesman, said.

The victims told dispatchers that the robbers fled in a white Toyota Corolla, which had been stolen at gunpoint on Chapel Hill Road in Durham about 8:45 p.m..

A Durham police officer spotted it briefly, then a deputy on the way to the robbery spotted it near Holloway Street and North Miami Boulevard and began a chase that ended when the car wrecked at North Guthrie Avenue and Evergreen Street a few minutes later.

Deputies captured Jose Luis Perez-Alejandre, 18, of 110 E, Markham Ave. in Durham and recovered two handguns and other evidence,, Sherwin said.

A search by deputies and a dog were unable to find the man in the dark, however.

The man whose car was stolen told police he was parking it in the 1800 block of Chapel hill Road when two men accosted him with guns and took the car and his other possessions.

Perez-Alejandre was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing to eluse arrest, simple affray and resisting arrest.

He was being held in the Durham County Jail in lieu of $253,000 bail after being taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries from the accident.

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