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Durham teen died while trying to rob someone, police say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Durham police said on Thursday, March 22, a 17-year-old was killed when he and another suspect were attempting to rob someone on Saturday, March 3. 

Jyireh Lamour Holeman, 17, and Taijay Devon Surles, 18, both of Durham, attempted to rob a man at an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Courtney Creek Boulevard just before 10 p.m., police said.

The victim fought with Holeman, who was armed with a gun. 

Shots were fired during the struggle but the victim was able to subdue Holeman. 

Police said Holeman was strangled to death in the incident. 

Durham police said the Durham County District Attorney’s Office was consulted following an investigation. The prosecutor's office found that Holeman was killed as the victim defending himself. 

Surles was arrested March 21 and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with this case.

Surles was also charged with two counts of felony probation violation, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two drug charges.

He is being held under a $2.5 million bond.

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