Durham police accuse man of four robberies, one attempt in 14 hours

From staff reportsMarch 13, 2014 

— Durham police arrested Derrick Lamont Shuler March 5 after a foot chase that followed a robbery at a Dollar General store, and by Tuesday they had obtained warrants charging him with two gunpoint crimes on March 4 and three on the day they captured him.

Police said the spree took place in about 14 hours.

The most recent charges against Shuler, 35, of Mebane, were robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault by pointing a gun.

Between his arrest and Tuesday, Durham County Jail records show -police charged Shuler with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted robbery, four counts of assault by pointing a gun at someone, three counts of possessing stolen property, two counts of communicating threats, stealing a car, attempted larceny and misdemeanor larceny.

In two incidents on the evening of March 4, a man who approached women in parking lots and demanded money, and they charge he stole the victim’s car in one incident. The car was found wrecked.

On March 5, a man grabbed a 9-year-old girl’s purse while holding a gun in a convenience store, then took a woman’s car keys, made two other children get out of her car.

The car was used in a convenience store robbery an hour later, then found abandoned, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The string ended after the man, who police said they later determined was Shuler, took a cab to the robbery at the Dollar General, got dropped off and took a second cab and finally led police on a foot chase along railroad tracks by Alston Avenue.

Durham County jail records showed Shuler was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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