Man charged with grad student's murder

January 24, 2008 3:30:25 PM PST
Durham police investigators have charged Stephen Oates, 19, of Anthony Drive with the murder of Duke grad student, Abhijit Mahato.

Oates was one of four people arrested on robbery charges Tuesday night following a two-county chase.

Oates is also being charged with several other crimes.

Oates, William Dozia Smith, 20, and two juveniles are charged with robbing a couple of cash Sunday night at gunpoint on Lambeth Circle.

Oates was also charged Tuesday night with an armed robbery that was reported November 19, 2007 at Bennett Pointe Grill on Hillsborough Road. An employee was taking out the trash when two males approached him and demanded money. One male took the victim's cash while the second male sprayed the victim with pepper spray. Oates was charged with robbery and simple assault in that case.

No other information about the murder charge has been released.


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