N.Y. police dunk a Duncan to end Dunkin' Donuts case Young suspect arrested with 'HoJo' accomplice

June 11, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK -- The homonym was not lost on the Police Department: The man arrested Tuesday night in the robbery of eight Dunkin' Donuts shops in Manhattan over the last two months was named Douglas Duncan.

Duncan was arrested as he and an accomplice tried to rob another Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts shop, said Detective Mark Patterson, a police spokesman. As Duncan pulled out a knife and announced a robbery, he was stopped by two officers, police said.

Police took pains to point out that the arresting officers were staking out the doughnut shop in the hopes of preventing a robbery, not filling up on Boston Kremes.

Police had a sketch of the suspect and officers were dispatched to doughnut shops around Manhattan. "Everybody was volunteering for that job," another police official said jokingly, noting the well-known affinity officers have for doughnuts. "Guys said they would come in on their days off for that one."

Duncan, 24, confessed to robbing all eight donut shops, police said. Police said he had an accomplice. He was identified as Howard Johnson, 43.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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