Lynchburg man convicted of robbing store, restraining manager at gunpoint


    <p>Darius Marquise Dukes was convicted of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (BRRJ){/p}

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney announced a Lynchburg man has been convicted after robbing a convenience store in December.

    Darius Marquise Dukes was convicted of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

    The jury recommended he serve five years for robbery and three years for the firearm charge.

    Evidence presented at his trial on Tuesday included store surveillance that showed Dukes and two other men entering the Fastmart 5 convenience store on Campbell Avenue December 6, 2017.

    Dukes, wearing a ski bask and gloves, went behind the counter and restrained the store manager while a second suspect, Ronnie Peterson, pointed a gun at the manager and demanded money.

    The store manager testified that the suspects stole between $400 to $500 dollars before fleeing the store on foot.

    Peterson pleaded guilty to the same charges in July.

    Dukes and the other two suspects were stopped the next day in a vehicle that the police department had identified as a vehicle of interest.

    After searching the vehicle, police seized a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun consistent with that seen in the store surveillance, numerous blue vinyl gloves consistent with those worn by Dukes in the store, and a black ski mask.

    Dukes is set for a final sentencing in October and the third suspect, Malcolm West, is currently scheduled for trial on August 27.

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