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Posted on: March 26, 2018

Durham Police Charge Two Men with Robbing Five Businesses

Durham Police Charge Two Men with Robbing Five Businesses

 

Durham police investigators have charged two men with committing five armed business robberies within six weeks. The two men – Frankie George Grimes, 23, and Marquize Jerrell Knight, 22, both of Durham – were arrested Thursday night following an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant.

Officers were dispatched to a robbery call at Subway at 2405 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Employees told officers that two men with hoods pulled tight around their faces entered the business, jumped over a counter and demanded money. The men, who were armed with a gun, forced a female employee to the floor, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a car.

A few minutes later, officers responded to a suspicious person with a weapon near the intersection of House Avenue and Chapel Hill Road. Knight and Grimes were arrested on House Avenue. Officers recovered a gun and cash.

Knight and Grimes were also charged with committing the following robberies:

  • February 10, Speedway at 803 East Geer Street. - Two males wearing ski masks entered the business shortly after 11:30 p.m. and robbed the business at gunpoint.
  • February 11, Kroger at 1802 North Pointe Drive. - Two males entered the store shortly after 5 a.m., pointed guns at two people and took cash.
  • March 11, University Market at 1108 West Chapel Hill Street. - Two men entered the business around 10:20 p.m. and robbed the business at gunpoint. An employee was kicked in the head during the robbery.
  • March 19, Family Dollar at 2904 Guess Road. - Three males wearing masks entered the store around 10 p.m. and robbed the business and a customer at gunpoint.

Knight and Grimes were both charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. In addition, Knight was charged with one count of larceny of a motor vehicle (charged with taking a vehicle warming up on Stone Village Court on March 11), one additional count of possession of a stolen vehicle and two probation violations. Grimes was placed in Durham County Jail under a $1,030,000 bond and Knight was placed in Durham County Jail under a $1,060,000 bond.

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