A Durham mother and son and the son's friend were charged with armed robbery and conspiracy within hours of a hold-up at an Internet cafe on Wake Forest Road, Durham County sheriff's deputies said.
Deputies arrested Thomasenia Michele Peaks, 47, and her son, Jarod Dequan Carter, 25, were arrested Wednesday in a car with license plates that matched the ones seen in a security video of the getaway car after the robbery at Beach Bingo at 3709 Wake Forest Road, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Bernardo Maurice Suitt, 24, was arrested when police went to his home on Fitzgerald Avenue with a search warrant a few hours after arresting Peaks and Carter, the statement reported.
A woman and two men who were all wearing masks and showing a handgun, took more than $1,900 in cash from the cafe about 8:30 a.m., workers told deputies.
The car that deputies were looking for came back to the area of the cafe, and deputies arrested the mother and son and seized cash found in the car, spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs said.
Deputies who went to Suitt’s house recovered two guns – one of them reported stolen in Harnett County – and 16 marijuana plants estimated to be worth $80,000, the statement said.
All were scheduled to make first court appearances Thursday on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Suitt also was served with three warrants for failure to keep previous court dates and was held on $251,000 bail. Carter was held on $500,000 bail and Peaks on $100,000 bail.