Police: 19-year-old charged with robbing 5 Raleigh businesses in 1 week

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police have charged a man in connection with five robberies that have taken place within the last week, according to a press release from the Raleigh Police Department. 

Te’van Immanuel Ferguson, 19, is charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery, the release said. The five incidents were:

  • Feb. 21 robbery of the GameStop located at 3023 Capital Blvd, which was reported at 6:42 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 robbery of the Handee Hugo located at 3525 S. Wilmington St., which was reported at 6 a.m.
  • Feb. 24 robbery of the same Handee Hugo location, which was reported at 6 a.m.
  • Feb. 25 robbery of LaQuinta Inn located at 2610 Westinghouse Blvd., which was located at 7:16 p.m.
  • Feb. 26 robbery of the Super 8 Motel located at 3801 Capital Blvd., which was reported at 7:13 p.m.

Investigators believe Ferguson is connected to two other robberies, according to a warrant. It also said that a weapon was “implied but not seen” in five of the robberies. 

Investigators used surveillance video to determine a suspect vehicle based on the make, model and color, as well as a partial license plate. Video also showed the suspect wearing a jacket that said “Crossing Guard” on the back, according to the warrant. 

Investigators identified Mary Leak Ferguson as a current school crossing guard having been issued a similar jacket and also owning a Toyota Corolla similar to the one observed on surveillance footage, the release said.

Te’van Ferguson, who has the same residence listed, was determined to be a person of interest. He physically matched descriptions given by witnesses in all the robberies. The sweatshirt he wore in his arrest photo also appeared to be the same worn by the suspect in two of the robberies, and fingerprints connected him to one robbery, the warrant said. 

The state said the defendant was identified through fingerprint evidence and he confessed to a number of the crimes when confronted by law enforcement. The assistant district attorney said he used an AR-15 rifle when carrying out these robberies.

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