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‘I got his gun with prints on it,’ Cary CVS manager says in 911 call after denying robbery

Christopher Terrel Purnell, left, and Anthony Denzell Burton
Christopher Terrel Purnell, left, and Anthony Denzell Burton CCBI

A manager of a Cary pharmacy took matters into his own hands during an attempted armed robbery at the store Friday night, witnesses told police.

Two men conspired to rob the CVS at 10170 Green Level Church Road about 10 p.m., Cary police said. But then the store manager intervened, according to 911 calls released Saturday night.

Two witnesses who called 911 told police the manager took a gun and bag from one suspect. They said the suspect, wearing a black hoodie and a red mask, ran toward an apartment complex behind the pharmacy.

“The guy’s running out the door … he’s got a gun,” one caller says. “The manager just chased him out the door.”

Moments later, the caller tells the dispatcher the manager fought off the suspect and got the gun. The manager is then heard in the background, yelling, “I got his gun with prints on it.”

“That’s pretty amazing, man. How’d you do that?” the caller says to the manager. “Let me shake your hand. Dude, congratulations. That was amazing.”

Management at the CVS location declined to talk about the incident.

County records show two suspects, both Durham residents, were arrested near the scene about midnight.

Christopher Terrel Purnell, 24, of 10 Autumn Leaf Lane, was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and with aiding and abetting armed robbery.

Anthony Denzell Burton, 25, of 621 Chandler Road, was charged with conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and with aiding and abetting armed robbery.

Cary police are working with other Triangle law enforcement agencies regarding similar robberies to see if the same suspects were involved, Capt. Randall Rhyne said.

Another person robbed the CVS on NW Cary Parkway in Morrisville last Sunday, according to ABC11.

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