Police announced Thursday that they had charged three people with three homicides that have taken place in East Durham since Dec. 19.
Police think two of the men – Robert Bernard Jackson, 34, and Charles William Willis, 27 – were responsible for two of the homicides. Officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Jackson and Willis in Baltimore, Md., Thursday morning, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
Police say Jackson and Williams, who both live on Ashe Street, are responsible for the slaying of Mohamed Thabet Shoufar, a 58-year-old employee at the Buy Quick convenience store at 419 South Briggs Ave. on Dec. 19. Shoufar was shot inside the business and died after paramedics transported him to a hospital.
The store is within walking distance of where Jackson and Williams live on Ashe Street, and police say they targeted the store for an armed robbery. Both men were charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Investigators have also charged the two men with the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in their neighborhood on Jan. 3. Police found Nicholas Bell dead in the woods behind a home in the 2800 block of Ashe Street, just around the corner from the Buy Quick store, Michael said.
Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.
Jackson and Williams remained in custody in Maryland late Thursday, Michael reported.
On Wednesday, police arrested a 20-year-old man charged with the Jan. 4 shooting death of a 37-year-old woman on East Main, about a mile from Ashe Street.
Police charged Keon Irving Deloatch of East Main Street with the first-degree murder of Latonya Denise Moore, Michael said. The shooting happened in the 900 block of East Main Street, not far from where DeLoatch lived, she said.
Police said Moore was shot as she was walking near the intersection of East Main and Elm streets. Some residents in the community think Moore was targeted for robbery, but police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting, though they say they do not think it was random.
DeLoatch is in the Durham County jail without benefit of bail.