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Arrest Warrants Issued in Duke Gardens Robberies

Arrest Warrants Issued in Duke Gardens Robberies

Both suspects arrested and charged with four counts of robbery

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UPDATE: August 13 -- Second Suspect in Sarah P. Duke Gardens Robberies Arrested

The second suspect in the robberies that occurred in Duke Gardens last month was apprehended Tuesday morning.

Denshawn S. Thompson, 20, was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Red Roof Inn on North Pointe Drive in Durham by the U.S. Marshals Service's Violent Fugitive Task Force. He has been charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and other crimes related to incidents that occurred in the gardens on July 15 and July 25. He is being held under a $3 million bond.

The other suspect, Tamisha Thompson, 20, was arrested Aug. 1 by Durham police officers after a traffic stop in northern Durham.

"I just want to express my appreciation for the inter-agency cooperation that led to this arrest," said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration. "These types of incidents are not common on our campus, and we are pleased that the investigative work by Duke and Durham Police and other agencies has led to the arrest of both suspects."

UPDATE: August 2 -- Arrest Made in Sarah P. Duke Gardens Robberies; Police Searching For Other Individual

A 20-year-old woman is being held in the Durham County Jail on $1 million bond in connection with armed robberies near Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Tamisha Thompson, 20, was arrested Thursday by city of Durham police officers after a traffic stop on North Roxboro Road near Old Oxford Highway in Durham. She was a passenger in the car. She is charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and other crimes.

The charges stem from robberies near the Lewis Street entrance to the gardens on July 15 and July 25. Police continue to search for Denshawn Thompson, 20, who has been charged in the cases. An arrest warrant was issued this week for him.

Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration at Duke, said he appreciates the investigative work by Duke and Durham police and thanked the community for its support and cooperation.

Anyone with information about Denshawn Thompson's whereabouts 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.

July 31: Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for a man and woman in connection with armed robberies at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

The Duke University Police Department is charging Denshawn S. Thompson and Tamisha L. Thompson, both 20, with armed robbery in the July 15 and July 25 crimes. The individuals are not in custody at this time.

"These charges are a result of aggressive investigatory work and the assistance of the community, Durham Police and other agencies," said John Dailey, chief of Duke Police. "We never want these crimes to occur and appreciate the excellent work that has gone into these cases."

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The robberies occurred near the Lewis Street entrance to the gardens.

Anyone with information about the individuals' whereabouts 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.

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