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U.S. Marshals Arrest Chapel Hill Man

On Thursday, U.S. Marshals in Durham arrested a Chapel Hill man following a domestic violence incident that took place last Saturday.

32-year-old Jermond Mon’ya Freeman of Chapel Hill has been charged with assault by strangulation and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force made the arrest in conjunction with Durham Police after Chapel Hill Police issued a warrant.

The arrest took place on Thursday afternoon, in an apartment in eastern Durham. Police found Freeman hiding in the bathroom.


Chapel Hill Police Looking for Two Breaking-and-Entering Suspects

Chapel Hill Police are searching for two suspects believed to be responsible for breaking into a vehicle, in the Meadowmont community.

Lieutenant Joshua Mecimore, of the Chapel Hill Police Department, says the break-ins occurred last Wednesday, on Sprunt Street. He adds the suspects quickly used stolen cards to run up quite a bill.

“Those cards were used at several stores, just inside Durham,” he says. “And were used a couple of times shortly after that at other locations. Those totaled close to $5,000 in charges.”

If anyone has information concerning the identities or whereabouts of these individuals, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous. The caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests.


Melvin Scott, Former UNC Player, Charged With Rape

Former UNC basketball player Melvin Scott has reportedly been charged with second-degree rape, following an incident that occurred on August 20 in Durham.

Scott was arrested on Friday and is in Durham County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Originally from Baltimore, Melvin Scott was a member of UNC’s 2005 national championship team. He played pro basketball in Europe for several seasons before returning to the area; the Durham Herald-Sun reports he worked recently as a phys-ed teacher at the charter school Voyager Academy.


Death Penalty For Accused Killers? Orange DA Asks Victim’s Family

Prosecutors say they want to meet with the family of slain UNC professor Feng Liu before deciding whether to seek the death penalty for the men accused of his murder.

Troy Arrington and Derick Davis are each charged with first degree murder in the July death. Police say they beat Liu in the head with a rock before stealing his wallet and leaving him on a residential side street near campus.

Liu later died from his injuries.

UNC professor, Feng Liu

UNC professor, Feng Liu

ABC 11 reports both men were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing where Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall would announce if prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty for the two defendants.

However, Woodall is reportedly holding off on that announcement until the family of the victim has weighed in.

The next hearing is set for December 16.


Cherfaoui Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife

The man who shot and killed his wife outside Mary Scroggs Elementary School in May 2012 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Ali Cherfaoui was originally charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Chahnaz Kebaier. ABC11 reports that as part of his plea deal, he’ll be sentenced to 30-42 years in prison.

Chahnaz Kebaier was 40 years old.


OC Sheriff Seeks Two Suspects In Monday AM B&E

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department needs your help identifying two suspects of a residential breaking and entering that occurred late Monday morning.

A home near the intersection of Ivey Road and Old Greensboro Highway in Southwest Orange County was broken into at around 11:00 a.m. Monday. Two black males of medium height and build wearing zip-up hooded sweatshirts were caught on camera and were possibly seen fleeing in a white vehicle.

If anyone has information regarding the incident or can identify the men in the photos, call Sergeant Tim Horne at 919-245-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. You can also email Sgt. Horne at thorne@orangecountync.gov.


Shooting On Jones Ferry Thurs Night; No Injuries

Carrboro police are seeking your help as they investigate a shooting incident that took place in the parking lot of 601 Jones Ferry Road at around 7:30 Thursday evening.

“We do not believe there are any injuries from the shooting,” says Captain Chris Atack of the Carrboro PD, “but evidence recovered from the scene corroborates the reports of witnesses that there were shots in the area.”

Police have interviewed several witnesses, but Atack says given the time of day it took place, it’s likely there were others who saw or heard things as well.

“We’re just asking anybody who saw anything, heard anything, or knows anything about this incident to give us or Crime Stoppers a call,” he says.

If you have information, call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.


Chapel Hill Man Gets His Money Back

An odd case in Chapel Hill earlier this week, as a mugger robbed a man of 160 dollars at knifepoint – but ended up giving all the money back.

The incident took place at 12:30 Tuesday morning, near the intersection of Columbia and Caldwell Streets in the Northside neighborhood.

“A gentleman was walking in that area, and someone approached him and pulled a knife and demanded his money,” says Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan Walker. “When he gave the person the money, the suspect began to run away – and the victim chased him as he called 911.

“The suspect stopped, gave him his money back, and then left the scene.”

Sgt. Walker says it’s a good thing that everything ended well in this case – though in general, it’s probably not the best idea to chase after an armed robber.

“We certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone else in that situation to handle it the same way that this victim did – we wouldn’t suggest that someone chase a suspect that has just threatened you with a weapon,” Walker says. “But in this case, it didn’t result in a terrible outcome.”

The would-be victim who chased after the mugger is a 35-year-old Northside resident.


CHPD, CPD Quickly Nab Young Car Thieves

Story updated September 23, 2014, 6:54 a.m.

Joint efforts of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police departments led to the speedy recovery of a stolen car Sunday night, along with the arrest of two young car thieves.

Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Brian Walker says employees at the valet stand at 450 West Franklin Street near Carolina Brewery noticed multiple car keys missing just before 10:00 p.m.

“Officers checked the parking lot where the vehicles are kept,” Sgt. Walker says. “One of the vehicles whose keys had been taken had also been taken. It was a 2013 BMW 528i.”

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo - this was not the car that was stolen)

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo – this was not the car that was stolen)

He says officers immediately put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout), which notifies all nearby agencies of the incident.

Jesse Mutua

Jesse Mutua

“Within just an hour or two, (the) Carrboro Police Department encountered that vehicle inside Carrboro,” Sgt. Walker says. “When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the two gentlemen inside the vehicle jumped from the vehicle and fled. They were taken into custody shortly after that by Carrboro and Chapel Hill officers.”

Sgt. Walker says the car was not damaged, according to the report.

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Jesse Mutua, 19, of Carrboro and Raekwon Ortiz Snipes, 18, of Chapel Hill were arrested. They were each charged with three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one felony count of motor vehicle theft. Sgt. Walker says the additional larceny charges were for other keys that were found in their possession, but no other vehicles were reported missing.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, this is the third time Mutua has been arrested. He was previously charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny involving a motor vehicle in January of last year, as well as felony breaking and entering last December.

Each of the men arrested were held at Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Their first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Sgt. Walker says both police departments were proud of the speed at which this case was resolved.

“Carrboro Police and our officers, we might wear different uniforms, but we have the same goal,” Sgt. Walker says. “That’s exactly what this was. This was good teamwork that resulted in an excellent outcome in this case.”


Alert Carolina: Strong Arm Robbery On Campus

Alert Carolina has issued a warning to the campus community about a reported strong-arm robbery that occurred this morning at the Nash Lot near the Carolina Inn.
The statement from Alert Carolina follows:
Campus police are responding to a strong arm robbery that does NOT pose an immediate threat to health or safety. At around 2:25 a.m., 3 male suspects reportedly committed strong arm robbery at Nash Lot. Two suspects were described as black males, with the third of unknown race. Main suspect is approximately 6 feet in height, with a short afro and wearing blue jeans and no shirt. No weapons were seen and suspects were traveling in unknown direction. The situation may pose a continuing danger to the campus community and this notice is intended to enable people to protect themselves and/or their property.
The University advises students, faculty and staff to see alertcarolina.unc.edu, for updates. Campus police ask anyone seeing suspicious activity to call 911. Do not call 911 or campus police to ask for information about the current situation.