Man charged in three Durham robberies over four days

Willie Mortez Daniel (Durham Police Department)

A Durham man has been charged in connection with a stretch of three robberies in four days.

The robberies, which all took place at businesses, happened in late January.

Willie Mortez Daniel, 47, is charged in connection with the following incidents:

  • Jan. 26 - A man entered Lowe's Home Improvement at 117 William Penn Plaza shortly before 8:30 p.m. and went to the register to make a purchase. The suspect gave the clerk some cash and when she opened the cash drawer, he grabbed money from the drawer and fled. Daniel was charged with one count of common-law robbery.

  • Jan. 28 - A man entered Bragtown Family Fare BP at 3101 North Roxboro St. about 11:45 p.m. and reached in his pocket as if he had a gun. He demanded money from the clerk and threatened to shoot her. Daniel was charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • Jan. 29 - A man entered McDonald's at 2700 Guess Road about 5:30 p.m. and went to a register. He demanded money and threatened to shoot the clerk if she did not comply. Daniel was charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • Daniel was originally arrested on Jan. 30 after a chase by Durham County deputies following a robbery and an attempted robbery in Durham County. Durham police investigators served their robbery warrants on Daniel on Friday morning.

    He remains in the Durham County Jail.

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