Victim chases, beats suspect after Durham armed robbery, police say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man who was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday in Durham took matters into his hands by chasing down and beating one of the suspects who robbed him, Durham Police said.

Officers responded to a robbery call at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the 4900 block of N.C. Highway 55. When officers arrived, they found a car crashed into a fire hydrant.

The victim, a 35-year-old male, told officers he was washing his car at a nearby car wash when two males approached him and robbed him at gunpoint.

The victim called 911 and then drove around looking for the suspects, police said.

The victim located the suspects in a nearby parking lot. One of the suspects fled in a car and the second suspect, identified as 19-year-old Marzelle Melik Burgess, pointed a gun at the victim, police said.

The victim, who told police he was afraid of being shot, hit the gas in his vehicle and crashed into the fire hydrant.

During the incident, Burgess fell and dropped his. Police said the two struggled, but Burgess was able to pick up his gun and run away. Police said the victim then chased Burgess on foot. Burgess then tripped and dropped his gun again.

Police said the victim picked up the gun and hit Burgess several times with it. Burgess was eventually able to get away.

Officers located Burgess at the Extended Stay on N.C. 55. He was taken to the hospital for treatment before being taken to jail.

Burgess was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, felony conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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