Suspects charged in violent multi-county crime spree across Triangle

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Five in custody after Triangle crime spree
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Marcus Cofield and Jarrien Smith, along with three juveniles are facing charges.

The Durham Police Department said late Tuesday that it has charged five suspects in connection with two armed robberies.

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Marcus Cofield, 17, of Durham, Jarrien Smith, 18, of Durham, and three male juveniles were each charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Marcus Cofield, left, and Jarrien Smith
Durham Police Department

Juvenile petitions have been filed on the three juveniles. Secured custody orders have been issued and they have been transported to a juvenile detention center. The three juveniles are ages 14, 15 and 15.

Following a six-hour manhunt, authorities in Wake County captured a fifth suspect linked to the violent multi-county crime spree early Tuesday morning.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office confirms to ABC11 that the fifth suspect was captured on King Road around 10 a.m. after fleeing the scene of a crash around 4 a.m. at New Hill Holleman Road in Apex.

Authorities had been searching for the suspect in a wooded area near Shearon Harris Road, Gunter Morris Road, and New Hill Holleman Road.

The crash ended a high-speed chase that started at Alston Avenue and the Durham Freeway in Durham. It reportedly reached speeds above 100 miles-per-hour through Durham and Cary.

Four other suspects in the vehicle were injured in the crash, two of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said two of them were teenagers.


Authorities tell ABC11 that it all started with a carjacking that was reported hours earlier at 12:45 a.m. at 107 Arbor Way in Cary.

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Cary police said a woman and her brother reported that two armed men approached them and told them to turn over their black 2006 Lexus, phone, and purse.

The woman's brother got hit with a pistol, which caused a minor bump on his head.

Police said the suspects then hit another car in the parking lot as the fled the scene.

Durham police are investigating whether the suspects were also involved in a shooting along the 2500 block of Chapel Hill Road near Anderson Street.

Around 2:45 a.m., a man riding his bicycle told police that two men got out of a black vehicle and attempted to rob him. He was seriously hurt and taken to Duke Hospital.

Durham police said the stolen vehicle was also linked to a robbery in the 1000 block of West Main Street in Durham. Two people were robbed outside a bar around 3 a.m., according to police.

Fifteen minutes later, a woman was standing at the intersection of Holloway Street and Park Avenue told police a passenger of a vehicle demanded her purse at gunpoint. The woman said she gave the suspect her purse and the vehicle then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

Police said an early morning robbery at a Durham McDonald's on Tower Boulevard was not connected to the string of violent events.

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Authorities are still investigating all the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.