Durham police investigators are asking for information about a recent series of armed robberies targeting Hispanic victims. No one has been seriously injured in these incidents.
Most of the robberies, which usually involve two or three suspects, have occurred in the parking lots of apartment complexes with a large number of Hispanic residents. The robberies have happened during the daytime and at night and have occurred in various areas of the city. The suspects usually take cash and phones.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Tinnin at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29240, Cpl. Frey at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29480 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves. Spanish language operators are available.
The Durham Police Department would like to share the following personal safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately if you see any suspicious activity or witness a crime.
- Have your keys ready when approaching to enter your apartment or your vehicle.
- Do not carry large amounts of money or jewelry.
- Do not walk alone at night. Dark areas give robbers the advantage to commit crime.
- If someone is following you, do not drive directly to your neighborhood. Instead, drive to a well-lit area.
- When you are walking, avoid strangers or groups of strangers.
- Park your vehicle in well-lighted areas.
- Do not open your home door to strangers. Call 911 immediately.
- Report all incidents of crime. Police cannot investigate and detain suspects if you do not report crime.
- Do not resist if you are being robbed. Always cooperate with the robber. Your life is more important than items of material value. Obtain a good description of the suspect so you can report it to the police and call 911 immediately.