Memorial grows at Raleigh pawn shop as suspected killer captured in New York

Memorial at Mr. Pawn in Raleigh (WNCN).

NEW YORK (WNCN) – Kendrick Keyanti Gregory, the suspect in a string of violent crimes Monday in Raleigh, was arrested in New York City Tuesday, bringing to an end a spree of crime that left a man dead at a Raleigh pawn shop.

Raleigh Police at Mr. Pawn on Monday night.

Raleigh Police were searching for Gregory for the killing of Thomas Durand and the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Raleigh Police said Gregory was arrested during a traffic stop on a vehicle reported stolen in New York City.

Gregory killed Durand at the Mr. Pawn Check Cashing on Capital Boulevard Monday, police said.

Police believe Gregory raped the teen not far from Mr. Pawn shortly after Durand was killed.

Gregory forced the girl into a car at gunpoint, according to a 911 call.

“The guy held her at gunpoint,” said a caller to 911. “He had two guns and he made her get in his car.”

A car believed to be used by Gregory was later found abandoned in the Brentwood neighborhood where an intensive manhunt was conducted.

Gregory is also linked 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.

Gregory faces several charges including murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree rape, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Relief in the neighborhood

A memorial to Durand grew at Mr. Pawn, the site of the brutal shooting Monday. The shooting, and ensuing manhunt, was terrifying for the nearby Brentwood neighborhood in Raleigh, off Capital Boulevard.

Perla Benitez remembered seeing police in the area and said, “They had, like, night-vision lights and stuff.”

With officers on every street corner in Brentwood, neighbors were told to stay inside.

“I just saw them out with their guns – that’s why I didn’t come out,” said Boris Donald. “And I heard them talking through the window that they were looking for somebody.”

Outside the pawn shop, Durand’s friends said they were thankful to hear of the arrest, but still devastated by the loss of a man they knew and loved.

“Good guy, man, funny guy – just really horrible to hear,” said Christian Woods.

“It’s just sad. It’s really sad and I’m sorry for his family,” said another who did not want to give her name.

A history of crime

WNCN Investigates dug through Gregory’s criminal history and found he is on probation.

In fact, records show he was just released from jail last week.

His run ins with the law started back in 2013 when he was charged with larceny.

Police said he stole an iPad and a computer.

He was later arrested after trying to sell the stolen iPad to a GameStop.

Since then, Gregory has been charged at least 14 other times for felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, violating probation, running from police, carrying a concealed weapon, obtaining property by false pretense, tampering with a vehicle, trespassing, and breaking into cars.


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