DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Durham police arrested two men Saturday night and charged them with robbing two people at gunpoint in separate incidents, Durham Police said in a press release.
Darence Qufon Pearson, age 25, of Durham and Raheem Norwood Bass, age 22, of Hillsborough were both charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Bass was also arrested on a parole violation. Both men were placed in Durham County Jail under $1 million bonds.
Officers responded to the first robbery call in the 1200 block of Leon Street shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.
“A male told officers he was in the parking lot of the apartment complex when he was robbed at gunpoint by two men in a red car,” police said.
A few minutes later, officers were dispatched to a robbery call at an apartment complex at 311 South LaSalle Street. A male told officers he had been robbed by two men in a red/burgundy Lincoln.
Officer D.M. Horton was a few blocks away at Morreene Road and Campus Walk Avenue when he saw a burgundy Lincoln turn onto Morreene Road at a high speed and then turn onto Sherwood Drive.
Officer Horton apprehended the two occupants of the vehicle – Pearson and Bass – and placed them under arrest, according to Durham Police.
Officers found a loaded gun, phones and a wallet belonging to one of the robbery victims, police said.
The two were arrested after recent robberies in several apartment complexes, police said.
Robbers have primarily targeted victims in complexes on Leon Street, Broad Street, South LaSalle Street, Garrett Road, Chalk Level Road and Morreene Road, according to police.
“Officers have gone door to door in several of the complexes, speaking to residents and providing crime prevention information. They have also provided information to apartment managers,” police said in a press release.
CrimeStoppers is offering rewards for information leading to arrests in any of these robberies. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.