Orange County

UPDATE: 16-year-old faces additional robbery, kidnapping charges in Chapel Hill

By Joe Johnson

January 02, 2018 05:02 PM


Chapel Hill police have linked the two weekend robberies that occurred in Chapel Hill to one person.

Chapel Hill police arrested Roman Gonzalez, 16, of Carrboro on Tuesday in connection with a robbery and kidnapping that occurred in the 400 bock of West Rosemary Street on Friday evening. On Wednesday, they also charged him in connection with a robbery and kidnapping that happened shortly after noon on Saturday at the Kensington Trace Condominiums.

According to police, Gonzalez sought a ride from the unidentified victim and displayed a hand gun after entering the vehicle. Police said the suspect ordered the victim to drive to a nearby ATM, where he demanded the victim withdraw money. After receiving the money, the suspect fled on foot, police said.

Gonzalez was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants from Carrboro and Durham for larceny of a credit card, and six counts of obtaining property under false pretense.

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The additional charges stem from the Saturday incident. Police said Gonzalez designated Kensington Trace as a meeting spot to sell the victim a cell phone t was listed on Craigslist. When the victim arrived, the Gonzalez got into the victim’s vehicle and displayed a black and gray hand gun, according to police. The suspect took the victim’s wallet then fled on foot leaving the victim unharmed.

He was being held at Orange County jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Police did not say what led to the arrest of Gonzalez.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews