DAILYKENN.com -- A 64-year-old man was murdered and a 15-year-old girl was raped during a one-man crime spree in North Carolina last month.
64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durand was shot to death at his pawn shop in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Arrested is Kendrick Keyanti Gregory, 21, who is also accused of committing two armed robberies. Gregory is also implicated in auto theft and shooting another man in the back during a robbery.
Gregory has no criminal past, reports say.
• Authorities are reluctant to arrest black criminals because such arrests create a trail of criminal records that make it difficult for criminals to earn an income. The phenomenon is termed disparate impact because it creates an income disparity between criminal blacks and law-abiding whites.
The arrest was reported Sept. 1, 2015.
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Less than a week later, police allege that Gregory turned violent. Police say the violence began with an armed robbery Monday morning at the Knights Inn hotel on New Bern Avenue. Lenin Alvaringa, 27, was shot in the back and his wallet stolen.
Police were looking for a dark blue BMW that the suspect in the hotel shooting was last seen driving.
Police say Gregory was driving the BMW early Monday evening when he shot Thomas Melvin Durand, 64, in his Mr. Pawn business on Capital Boulevard when Durand encountered him at the door to the shop.
Police said the rape charges come from an attack on a 15-year-old girl shortly after Durand was slain. The rape began about 7:30 p.m. and is thought to have taken place in the vicinity of Wake Forest Road and Oak Forest Drive, police said.
Police officers poured into the Brentwood neighborhood off Capital Boulevard after Gregory was spotted there about 10 p.m. Monday. They found a blue BMW and urged residents to stay indoors until dawn. At one point, police thought Gregory stole a Toyota Corolla from Greywood Drive, but it’s not clear how he got to New York.
Police said Gregory did not know Durand and that robbery was a motive for the shooting. People who knew Durand described him as a community-oriented person, who was always willing to help. He enjoyed the company of several older officers with the Raleigh Police Department who sometimes stopped by his shop.
“Everybody liked him. He was a great guy,” said Kim McCauley, a former Wake County magistrate who now works in Pitt County. “He would always help people. If my husband had questions about something he’d say, ‘I’m going to see Tom.’ I would tell him, ‘Well, Tom will steer you right. Tom will give you good advice.’”
McCauley said Durand and his family were her neighbors at the Timberlake subdivision, near Skycrest Road.
“He and his wife moved into the subdivision the same time that we did in 1991,” McCauley said. “They had two little girls, and his wife was pregnant with their third daughter. I watched them grow up.”
McCauley said the Durands moved to Franklin County “years ago.”
McCauley recalled that Durand would close the pawn shop between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., about the time he was shot. She said she was surprised that Durand was not able to protect himself because “he always had a gun on his hip.”
Police charged Gregory with murder, first-degree rape, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
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