Man wanted in Durham murder captured after running stop light

Timothy Moore of Durham (Durham Police)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man wanted for murder in the case of a Durham convenience store worker was captured Sunday when he ran a stop light and tried to elude a Highway Patrolman in stolen car.

Timothy Leon Moore of Durham
Timothy Leon Moore

Timothy Moore, 31, of 1214 Granby Street in Durham was wanted for the murder of store clerk and seriously injuring another store employee during a robbery that occurred April 27 at the Fast Food Mart on 2106 Broad Street in Durham.

It was a brutal shooting at a convenience store in Durham. When Durham officers arrived that night, they found Nafez Jalal, 57,of Durham shot dead and Hassan Joalale, 48, of Durham, shot in the leg. Shocked store owner Hakeem Saleh said his employees were told to give up money if they are robbed and not get hurt. Saleh said Jalal and Joalale followed their training and were still shot.

Durham Police narrowed the suspects to Moore, but weeks went by without Moore eluding them.

Then Sunday night, they found him in an unexpected way.On Sunday at 12:30 a.m., a trooper saw a Ford car run a stop light on C Street in Butner. As the trooper approached, the vehicle slowed and then sped off.

Durham murder scene
Durham murder scene

The trooper soon realized the vehicle was reported stolen out of Greensboro. After a short pursuit, the driver crashed and fled.

The driver couldn’t be found after an extensive search that included canines. Two troopers remained in the area and were traveling back to Durham when they encountered Moore walking along Old Oxford Highway. At that point, Moore was arrested.

Moore originally gave a false name, the Highway Patrol said.

Moore was processed at the Granville County Detention Center and will have his first court appearance on Monday.


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