On Friday, U.S. Marshals arrested a man in Durham in conjunction with a shooting that took place in Hillsborough last October.
The arrest took place at 9:25 a.m. 19-year-old Chris Emmanuel Wiggins was arrested near the intersection of 15/501 and Route 751. He was wanted by Orange and Durham police in connection with a series of incidents: a robbery that occurred in Durham on September 30, a stolen vehicle on January 19 – and in Hillsborough, a shooting that occurred on October 11 at the Gateway Apartments, reportedly over a drug-related dispute. (The victim in that incident was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.)
Wiggins has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, and unauthorized possession of a concealed handgun.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/man-arrested-october-hillsborough-shooting/
Wednesday afternoon in Pittsboro, U.S. Marshals arrested a man wanted in Chapel Hill on multiple charges of dealing cocaine.
29-year-old Justin Hardy has been charged with six counts each of felony cocaine possession and possession with intent to sell. The Chapel Hill PD issued a warrant for Hardy on December 30 following a narcotics investigation. Hardy was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, after they pulled over a vehicle in which he was suspected of being a passenger.
The full statement from the U.S. Marshals Service is below:
Pittsboro, NC – Yesterday afternoon at 12:15 PM, Justin Demond Hardy, a 29 year old, Black Male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF). On December 30, 2014, warrants were issued by the Chapel Hill Police Department charging Hardy with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine (six counts) and Felony Possession of Cocaine (six counts).
The warrants were obtained after the Chapel Hill Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation in which Hardy was suspected of selling the illegal drugs. The warrants allege that Hardy sold the cocaine on six separate occasions.
After conducting surveillance in the area, JFTF was able to positively identify Hardy as a passenger in a vehicle. A traffic stop of the vehicle was conducted and Hardy was taken into custody without incident.
The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole. For more information you can go to www.usmarshals.gov.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-arrested-cocaine/
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion from early Tuesday morning. Officials say it occurred in the vicinity of New NC 86, south of I-85.
The suspects, reportedly, entered the residence by force and identified themselves as “POLICE OFFICERS.” The suspects then were able to gain control of the victims. The victims were not injured, but the family’s dog was shot during the incident – the dog was not seriously injured and was treated at a local animal hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office says the incident does not appear to be a random act. Authorities describe the suspects as black males, who were dressed in all black. They, allegedly, fled the area in a black or dark-colored vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/oc-sheriffs-office-investigating-home-invasion/
Durham police are investigating a bank robbery from late Tuesday morning. Officials say a male entered the BB&T at 1107 NC Highway 54 shortly before 11 o’clock and demanded money.
The robber implied he had a weapon, but one was not seen. The suspect fled with cash and no injuries were reported.
Durham police described the suspect as a white male, approximately 40 years old, 5’ 11” tall, with a thin build. He was described as having light-colored hair and scruffy facial hair. The suspect was wearing a thin black headband, a black coat, and yellow tinted glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator S. Wheeler at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29370 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/durham-police-invesitgating-bank-robbery/
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.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/u-s-marshals-arrest-chapel-hill-man/
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.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-looking-two-breaking-entering-suspects/
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.http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/melvin-scott-former-unc-player-charged-rape/
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.
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.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/death-penalty-accused-killers-orange-da-asks-victims-family/
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.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/cherfaoui-pleads-guilty-killing-wife/
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 email@example.com://chapelboro.com/news/crime/oc-sheriff-seeks-two-suspects-monday/