Durham police arrest pair in robberies of three pizza drivers

A pair of Durham men face armed robbery and other charges in the holdups of three pizza-delivery drivers in October and November.

Police arrested Javonta Lakeith Williams, 20, and Leon Deshaun Johnson, 17, Tuesday night after a foot chase that began when a stolen delivery man’s car crashed, ending a vehicle chase.

The car chase began when Officer C.W. Ugolick saw the car that the delivery driver had reported stolen during a gunpoint stickup on East Pilot Street about 7:40 p.m., police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

After the stolen Nissan Cube crashed into a utility pole, the occupants ran, Michael said. Ugolick caught up with Williams on West Weaver Street.

Officer M.D. Mues and his K-9 partner, Prinz, tracked Johnson to a hiding place in bushes on West Alton Street, Michael said.

Each man was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy, stealing a car and having a stolen car, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

The two earlier robberies happened nearby in the 400 block of East Cornwallis Road on Oct. 14 and Nov. 9.

All three robberies were committed by two men carrying guns and wearing bandanas over their faces, Michael said.

Williams and Johnson were ordered held on $611,000 and $610,000 bails, respectively.

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