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New York City police officers used a mobile phone app to assist with the capture of a North Carolina man who is charged in two shootings, one of which resulted in a death, and a rape that were reported during a 12-hour period on Monday.  On Tuesday afternoon Kendrick Keyanti Gregory, was taken into custody by officers from New York City’s 1st Precinct.

Officers Andrew Vlasaty, Erik Skoglund and Adam Riddick responded to a stolen car report around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Officers learned that the stolen vehicle could be located by a mobile phone app.

After downloading the app, they discovered the vehicle traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge.  The officers pulled the car over on Smith Street and Gregory was taken into custody without incident.

During the arrest officers discovered two Springfield Armory XDS .45-caliber handguns, one in Gregory’s pocket and one underneath the driver’s seat.  Authorities learned he was wanted on multiple charges in Raleigh after taking Gregory to the 1st Precinct.

Gregory was charged in New York City with grand larceny three and two counts of possession of a loaded weapon.  Gregory is also charged in Raleigh with murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree rape.

Investigators say Gregory shot and killed 64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durand at about 7 p.m. on Monday at the Mr. Pawn check-cashing shop. Durand was the shop owner.

According to officials shortly after the Mr. Pawn shooting, Gregory raped a 15-year-old girl near Oak Forest Drive and Old Wake Forest Road.

Gregory is also charged with robbing and shooting 27-year-old Lenin Alvaringa Monday morning.  Alvaringa was taken to WakeMed following the shooting and information about his condition has not been released.


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