Butner Man Arrested For Attempted Murder, Kidnapping In Chapel Hill Assault

U.S. Marshals arrested a man in Oxford on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder in Chapel Hill.

Twenty-three-year-old Terrail Laquam Hicks, of Butner, is charged with four felonies: attempted first degree murder; first degree kidnapping; assault by strangulation; and assault inflicting serious injury.

Terrail Hicks

Terrail Hicks

According to police reports, Hicks forced his girlfriend into his car outside the Pulse nightclub on East Rosemary Street shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

He reportedly beat her, then drove her to Durham against her will. She was released somewhere in Durham, and transported by ambulance to Durham Regional Hospital for a fractured jaw, fractured orbital and lacerations.

Three days later, the U.S. Marshal’s joint fugitive task force took Hicks into police custody at a home on Sam Moss Hayes Road in Oxford. Hicks is currently being held in the Orange County Jail on $420,500 bond.

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with domestic violence in Orange County, you can contact the Compass Center for Women and Families. They operate a 24-hour hotline: 919-929-7122.

There’s also a national domestic violence hotline you can call: 1-800-799-7233.


Hillsborough Police Seek Walmart Assault Suspect

Hillsborough Police are looking for a woman they say assaulted an elderly woman on Saturday.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. at the Walmart at Hampton Point Shopping Center

Police describe the suspect as a young black woman wearing a white sweater, black pants and black boots. She was seen leaving with a man in a light-colored sedan.

The woman, her companion and the vehicle were all captured on surveillance video.




UNC Investigating Football Training Camp Incident

Story originally posted August 26, 2014, 8:41 p.m.

UNC is investigating an off-the-field incident reportedly involving multiple players during fall camp.

News of the incident broke yesterday, just four days before the kickoff of the 2014 campaign. Multiple media outlets are reporting it may have been a hazing incident, while another outlet reports it may have simply been an altercation between players.

UNC assistant athletic director for communications, Kevin Best said in a statement, “We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review.”

Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday evening that walk-on redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer said a number of his teammates physically assaulted him at the Aloft hotel on NC-54 when the team was staying there during fall camp. Boyer said the incident resulted in a concussion, according to the report.

Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Bryan Walker says there are no reports of an incident filed in August at the Aloft Hotel.

Boyer’s father, Rob, told Yahoo! Sports he wasn’t ready to comment on the incident, but he confirmed one took place.

Boyer is a graduate of East Chapel Hill High School and walked on to the team last year. According to the News and Observer, he is still on the team and has been practicing recently.

WCHL will have more information as it becomes available.


Dispute Lands One In Hospital

A dispute at a northern Chapel Hill trailer park led Chapel Hill Police to a Carrboro Apartment early Wednesday morning in pursuit of a suspect.

“The officers that responded there found a subject laying on the ground near one of the trailers who was bleeding from the head,” says Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Bryan Walker. “EMS transported this person to UNC Hospitals where he was admitted to the hospital.”

Christopher Jesus Delgadillo, 19, was admitted to the hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in fair condition according to UNC Health Care spokesperson Tom Hughes.

Oziel Zermeno

Oziel Zermeno

Oziel Zermeno, 23, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The incident took place at Lakeview Mobile Home Park across from Timberlyne Shopping Center on Weaver Dairy Road.

“It shows that he was released under $500 unsecured bond—brought before the magistrate and released under that bond,” Sgt. Walker says.

He says no additional motives, such as an attempted robbery, were reported in connection with the assault.


Domestic Dispute Leads To Assault In Carrboro

A 911 hang up at around 3:00 a.m. Monday led Carrboro Police officers to the Berkshire Manor West apartments on NC-54 next to Carrboro Plaza.

Dana Marie Crisp

Dana Marie Crisp

“(Officers) made contact with somebody in the parking lot, and as a result of the investigation determined that it had been a domestic dispute that had actually turned into an assault,” says Captain Chris Atack.

Cpt. Atack says the victim was cut with a cutting implement, which he says the exact description of is not being released at this time, and was treated by EMS at the scene.

“As a result, Dana Crisp was arrested with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and was processed by the police department and taken to Hillsborough,” Cpt. Atack says.

Dana Marie Crisp, 31, is a resident of the Berkshire Manor West apartments. As of noon Monday, she did not have a scheduled court date in Orange County.


UNC Professor Dies After Robbery And Assault Near Campus

Originally posted July 24, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

A research professor at the Eshelmen School of Pharmacy died at UNC Hospitals on Thursday morning from wounds suffered during a beating and robbery Wednesday afternoon. Now, the two suspects in custody for the assault face murder charges.

Feng Liu

Feng Liu

Chapel Hill police found 59-year old Feng Liu, of Greyfield Boulevard in Durham, suffering from serious head wounds on West University Drive shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the News and Observer, prosecutors said Liu was hit in the head with a rock.

“Officers got there and determined he had been assaulted and robbed. He was taken to UNC ER for treatment,” says Lieutenant Josh Mecimore. “Later that evening, we were able to identify some suspects and charge them.”

Police arrested Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill.  Both men face charges of murder, felony robbery, and assault.

Derick Davis II

Derick Davis II

Troy Arrington Jr.

Troy Arrington Jr.

Davis is being held under a $100,000 secured bond and Arrington Jr. is being held under a $75,000 secured bond.

***Update from Chapel Hill Police July 25, 2014, 8:46 a.m.: Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr. have been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Feng Liu. Davis and Arrington are currently being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

 ***Update from the News & Observer: Arrington was reported to be in between drug rehab programs. He scheduled to meet with his pretrial-release manager the same day of the attack.

Liu studied pharmaceutics science at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China and received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. His research focused on gene and drug delivery.

After the news of the death of the UNC professor, many people on social media showed their concern that the incident occurred in the middle of the day in a residential area.




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WCHL’s Mary Yount went to Franklin Street yesterday afternoon to gather reactions.

Here’s what you had to say:

A Statement from Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt:

The death of Professor Feng Liu as a result of a serious assault and robbery Wednesday afternoon is a horrible tragedy and a loss for the Chapel Hill community.


A safe and secure environment is fundamental to our quality of life in Chapel Hill and, as a community, we must not tolerate such senseless violence. The Town and the University continue to partner on those matters impacting quality of life in Chapel Hill, public safety being chief among them.


Two suspects are currently in custody in the Orange County Jail in connection with this horrible incident. I have the utmost confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Chapel Hill Police Department, which will provide information to the public as it becomes available.


I offer my heartfelt condolences to Professor Liu’s family, friends, members of the University community, and all who knew him.

A Statement from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt:

Dear Carolina community:


I am writing in regard to the tragic loss of a member of the Carolina community. As many of you know, Dr. Feng Liu, a research professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, passed away this morning in what the Chapel Hill Police Department is calling a robbery/homicide. This is a tremendous loss to Carolina, and I am heartbroken over this horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Liu’s family, colleagues and friends during this difficult time.


Dr. Liu spent nearly 10 years at Carolina and was dedicated to the success of his students. He conducted important research on gene and drug delivery in the School of Pharmacy. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.


The Chapel Hill Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection with this tragedy. We will update the University’s Alert Carolina website, http://alertcarolina.unc.edu, as new information is available.


The University is cooperating fully with Chapel Hill police in this investigation. I want to assure you that safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors on Carolina’s campus and in the surrounding community is my highest priority.


During this time of loss, the Carolina Community has resources to help us in our grief. We are making counseling resources available. We encourage students to call Counseling and Psychological Services (919-966-3658), and faculty and staff to contact our Employee Assistance Program (877-314-5841), if you would like support.


I encourage all members of the Carolina Community to process their grief and support one another.




Carol L. Folt


Campus Police: UNC Assailant May Return To Campus

CHAPEL HILL-  Campus police are warning UNC students a man arrested and banned from campus in 2011 for touching women’s feet may be headed back to Chapel Hill.

Christopher Jermain Deas was convicted two years ago of four counts of assaulting women on UNC’s campus. He’s also been convicted of similar crimes in Rowan and Wake counties.

Earlier this week he was arrested by UNC-Greensboro police after he allegedly crawled under a table in the Jackson Library Computer Lab and began touching women’s feet.

Now that he’s out on bail, UNC-Chapel Hill police are asking students to be on the look out for him, as they say he may try to return to campus. Deas is said to be driving a Honda Civic with North Carolina license plate ZSP-3472.

If you see him on campus or in Chapel Hill, authorities ask you to call 911.

Christopher Jermain Deas

Christopher Jermain Deas


UNC Police Make Arrest In SECU Assault Case

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Department of Public Safety arrested Rafael Sierra Gaona, 55, early Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree rape related to an incident that occurred at the State Employees Credit Union House on Mason Farm Road Friday evening.

DPS sent out a message to campus through Alert Carolina on Saturday warning people of the incident. According to DPS spokesperson, Randy Young, the victim was not a UNC student nor affiliated with the University.

Janice McAdams, SECU Family House executive director, released a statement to WCHL Tuesday:

“At the SECU Family House, our mission is to care for families as they cope with serious illness.  We are grieved by the events that occurred Friday evening.  This is a deplorable act. It violates the sense of community and safety that has been the hallmark of SECU Family House the last 5 years.

We are not at liberty to disclose facts of the case that might compromise the police investigation.  However, we are truly grateful to law enforcement and the community for their help in finding this person.

SECU Family House continues to be a safe place for families, visitors, and volunteers.”

The SECU Family House provides a place to stay for families of patients who are being treated for critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals.


Suspect Charged in Recent UNC Sexual Assault

CHAPEL HILL – Police have charged 20-year-old Dontay Awtwanne Rone with two counts of sexual assault.

The first offense occurred June 20 at roughly 9:26 a.m. when a female student was touched on her buttocks after being followed from Franklin Street to the Paul Green Theater on campus.

The second offense occurred at roughly 8:15 a.m. Thursday.  The victim, a female UNC student, was walking from the intersection of Cameron Avenue and South Columbia Street when she was allegedly followed by the suspect and assaulted by being touched on her buttocks when she went inside Carroll Hall.

Police say  Rone is not a UNC student.


Police Apprehend Thursday UNC Assault Suspect

Photo by Dan Sears

CHAPEL HILL – Police have charged 20-year-old Dontay Awtwanne Rone with two counts of sexual assault.

The first offense occurred June 20 at roughly 9:26 a.m. when a female student was touched on her buttocks after being followed from Franklin Street to the Paul Green Theater on campus.

The second offense occurred at roughly 8:15 a.m. Thursday.  The victim, a female UNC student, was walking from the intersection of Cameron Avenue and South Columbia Street when she was allegedly followed by the suspect and assaulted by being touched on her buttocks when she went inside Carroll Hall.

Police acted quickly to apprehend and charge non-UNC student Rone with both counts of assault that occurred on campus.