911 calls provide details in Raleigh pawn shop murder, rape; manhunt underway

Kendrick Gregory

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Newly released 911 calls are providing new details about a fatal shooting at a pawn shop and a rape Monday night.

Raleigh Police at Mr. Pawn on Monday night.

“I heard a bang and I looked over and I saw a dude running,” a caller told a 911 operator after a shooting took place at the Mr. Pawn Check Cashing on Capital Boulevard. “And when I came up to the store, driving past it, I pulled over and I just saw the guy on the ground.”

“I think he might be dead,” The caller tells the 911 operator. “He’s not moving; he’s just there.”

Police confirmed Monday night that 64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durand was killed in the shooting.

Early Tuesday morning, police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Kendrick Keyanti Gregory.

Police said after the pawn shop murder, Gregory raped a 15-year-old girl. The incident is believed to have occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Wake Forest Road and Oak Forest Drive. The victim and the suspect were not known to each other.

A woman called 911 after her niece had called her daughter to report she had been raped.

“[Inaudible] on the news about several shootings in the area with a guy driving a BMW and my niece just called my daughter and said she was raped not too long ago and the guy held her at gunpoint,” the caller told the 911 operator. “He had two guns and he made her get in his car and he took her somewhere and raped her.”

“He had told her that he had just shot somebody…,” the caller added.

Gregory then drove to the Brentwood area of the city. Police say Gregory left a blue BMW in that neighborhood. It was recovered late Monday by investigators.

Raleigh Police at Mr. Pawn on Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, police said Gregory may have stolen a white 1994Toyota Corolla in the 3600 block of Glenwood Avenue. The car has a North Carolina license plate CJJ-3773.

Gregory is charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the deadly shooting of Durant. Police believed Gregory got into a blue BMW after the shooting.

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That BMW linked Gregory to a shooting and robbery earlier Monday morning. Police said Gregory shot Lenin Alvaringa, 27, in the back at a hotel on New Bern Avenue just before 9 a.m. Monday.

“The similarity of the vehicle and suspect descriptions involved and other investigative information have led detectives to conclude that the same suspect may be responsible for both crimes,” according to police.

Police say Gregory “should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.”

He was last seen in the Brentwood area, and people in that area should call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Anyone who sees the vehicle should call 911 immediately.

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