Police have arrested a 47-year-old man they think is responsible for an armed robbery spree last month in North Durham.
Police charged Willie Mortez Daniel with two felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one felony count of common law robbery, spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Friday. No injuries were reported during the robberies.
Investigators say the robberies happened during a four-day period late last month.
The most recent was Jan. 29, around 5:30 p.m., when witnesses said a man walked into a McDonald’s at 2700 Guess Road, went to a register and demanded money from a cashier, Michael said. Police say Daniel threatened to shoot the cashier if she did not comply with his demand, Michael said.
One day earlier, a man walked into the Bragtown Family Fare BP store at 3101 North Roxboro St. about 11:45 a.m., Michael said. The man reached into his pocket as if he had a gun, demanded money from the clerk and threatened to shoot her, she said.
On Jan. 26, police said a man walked into the Lowe’s Home Improvement at 117 William Penn Plaza shortly before 8:30 p.m. and approached a cash register to make a purchase. The man handed the clerk an undisclosed amount of cash, when she opened her register, the man grabbed money out of the drawer and fled, Michael said.
Daniel was arrested Jan. 30 after he was apprehended in a chase with Durham County sheriff’s deputies following a robbery and an attempted robbery. He remained in the Durham County jail Friday, Michael said.