Man charged with New Year’s Eve sweepstakes stickup

Darrell Alphonso Jordan
Darrell Alphonso Jordan

Police arrested one man Monday and said they were seeking others in the New Year's Eve holdup of a sweepstakes parlor that was among several hit in stickups in late December and in January.

Darrell Alphonso Jordan, 24, of 701 Grantland Drive in Raleigh was picked up at a shopping center at 1601 Cross Link Road about 6 p.m. Monday, records showed.

An arrest warrant charged Jordan with robbery with a dangerous weapon – a silver-colored handgun – and conspiring with three others.

Magic Gold is at 4020 Capital Boulevard.

Jordan was held in lieu of $100,000 bail and scheduled to appear before a judge Tuesday.

The Magic Gold robbery was one of a series that began Dec. 21 at Treasure Sweepstakes at 3689 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh.

Two more robberies happened on Dec. 23 and Jan. 15 on South Saunders Street and Crabtree Boulevard, Raleigh police said.

In Garner, three men, one showing a gun, robbed AIA Sweepstakes about 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 13, police said.

The state Legislature has outlawed sweepstakes parlors in some forms, but the businesses found ways around the ban by changing or updating computer software used on the machines in their parlors.

The United States Attorney’s office last week announced it had reached agreements with five software companies to stop doing business with more than 600 parlors in North Carolina in return for the government not trying to prosecute them.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572