Mebane man accused of four armed robberies within 14 hours

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Derrick Lamont Shuler

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police charged a Mebane man in connection with a string of robberies in the Durham area this month.

Derrick Lamont Shuler was arrested after he led police on a foot chase that followed an armed robbery at a Dollar General store on March 5.

Police then obtained warrants charging him with two gunpoint crimes on March 4 and three on the day they arrested him.

Police said the robbery spree took place within about 14 hours.

In two incidents on March 4, police say Shuler approached women in parking lots and demanded money. In one incident, he stole a victim’s vehicle and crashed it, according to the News and Observer.

On March 5, police say Shuler grabbed a 9-year-old girl’s purse while holding a gun in a convenience store. He took a woman’s car keys, made the children get out of the car and stole the vehicle.

The car was used in a convenience store robbery an hour later, then found abandoned, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The string ended when Shuler led police on a foot chase after they say he robbed the Dollar General.

Shuler, 35, of Mebane, was charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted robbery, four counts of assault by pointing a gun at someone, three counts of possessing stolen property, two counts of communicating threats, stealing a car, attempted larceny and misdemeanor larceny.

Shuler is being held at the Durham County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.

Source: News and Observer

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