Police have arrested six people, including a 14-year-old, and charged them with carrying out an armed robbery spree this month that targeted Hispanic residents.
Police arrested the group after two robberies committed on Tuesday. Investigators later determined the suspects, all males, could be responsible for 10 additional robberies throughout the city that began April 18, said police spokesman Wil Glenn.
Glenn identified the suspects as Kester Anthony, 19; Malik Hill, 24; Rontrez Marsh, 16; Jerelle McMannus, 19; Jalen Patterson, 19, and a 14-year-old boy, all of Durham.
Investigators quickly determined a pattern in the robberies, including that the majority of the victims were Hispanic, Glenn said.
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Police charged all six with robberies Tuesday in the 800 block of N. Driver Street and the 600 block of Raynor Street, Glenn said. The six operated as a group, he said, but not all six were responsible for all of the additional 10 robberies.
The charges included conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.
Police transported Hill, Marsh, Anthony, Patterson and McMannus to the Durham County jail where they were each being held under $2 million bail, Glenn reported.
The dates and locations of the 10 previous armed robberies are:
▪ April 18, in the 200 block of Stokes Street
▪ April 19, 4000 block of Meriwether Drive, the 900 block of Chalk Level Road and the 300 block of Lasalle Street
▪ April 22, the 300 block of Lasalle Street, 4000 block of Meriwether Drive and 400 block of East Pilot Street
▪ April 23, the 900 block of Chalk Level Road
▪ April 25, the 4000 block of Meriwether Drive
▪ April 26, the 500 block of Homeland Avenue