Jamel Williams

Jamel Williams

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has reported that two 20-year-old men were arrested Wednesday in connection with a robbery that occurred last month at an ABC store in Mebane. 

According to a press release from Alicia Stemper, Orange County Sheriff's Office Director of Public Information and Special Services, Jamel Williams and Trevon Ward, both Durham residents, were charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts second degree kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Williams was arrested late Wednesday morning, according to the release, and Ward's arrest came a few hours after. The two men have a first appearance in Hillsborough Thursday at 2 p.m. 

Bradford Perry Jr., was the third man arrested last month in connection with the robbery, two days after the crime occurred.

According to the release, Williams and Ward are being held in the Orange County Detention Center, each with a secured bond at $150,000 for three counts of robbery, a a $150,000 secured bond for kidnapping and charges of conspiracy and a $10,000 secured bond for possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Williams has an additional $10,000 secured bond for a different firearm charge by a felon he has pending in Durham.

"We are pleased to have arrested all three individuals involved in this crime," Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the statement. "This was a very dangerous situation and we are grateful for the assistance of the Durham Police Department. Such partnerships essentially extend the borders of our county and allow us to work together to make both communities safer."

The crime occurred on July 17, when two men entered an ABC store with handguns while wearing ski masks, gloves, sunglasses, dark pants and black hoodies, according to the release. The men took the cash register, the clerk's cell phone, a wallet belonging to a customer and two liquor bottles.

Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies and a North Carolina State Highway Patrol officer chased a gray Chevrolet Malibu belonging to the assailants, according to the release. The car belonging to the trooper collided with the Malibu, disabling the trooper's car. The trooper was not injured in the collision.

Officers were then able to locate the vehicle near Perry's residence, after looking up information from the vehicle tag, according to the release. Using footage from the ABC store, authorities were able to confirm Perry's identity. 

Perry was arrested on three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts second degree kidnapping, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the release. The release states that Perry also faced multiple felony traffic charges.

According to the release, authorities used evidence from the Malibu and information gathered from Crimestoppers to identify and locate the two additional suspects.