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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Linwood “Fred” Clay, after he fled from court personnel as they attempted to take him into custody, just before noon on Thursday.

Clay is wanted on outstanding warrants out of Durham and additional warrants of resisting a public officer.

The 26-year-old Clay is described as a black male, 6’ 1”, approximately 180 pounds.

He has numerous tattoos and is a registered sex offender.

Clay fled from court personnel toward his vehicle, described as a gold four-door car with large chrome rims. Officials believe he may be in Durham or Carrboro.

Clay has an extensive criminal history for violent felonies, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Law enforcement says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Linwood “Fred” Clay, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 245-2900.

Shots Fired at Durham PD Vehicle

Shots were fired at a Durham police investigator around noon on Wednesday, and CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident.

Police say an investigator was driving an unmarked police vehicle on South Street when numerous shots were fired from a car on Bond Street. One bullet struck the officer’s car, but the officer was not injured.

Investigators believe the shots were fired from an older model gray sedan with tinted windows. The vehicle was possibly a Nissan. The vehicle was occupied by two black males wearing blue and black jackets. Investigators believe both occupants fired shots during the incident.

It appears that the unmarked car was deliberately targeted, according to investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator K. Emanuel at (919) 560-4415, ext. 29306 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.

Chapel Hill Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals

A Chapel Hill man was arrested, on Friday morning, on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

20-year-old Joseph Adam Alexander was charged with eight counts stemming from two separate shooting incidents, on December 23 and 24 of last year.

The shooting on Dec. 23 occurred at 800 Pritchard Avenue. Alexander allegedly fired two shots into the apartment; the man inside was not injured.

Alexander allegedly fired six shots into an apartment at 751 Trinity Court on Christmas Eve. A woman and two small children inside were physically unharmed.

U.S. Marshals arrested Alexander on Friday morning, without incident, at 500 Umstead Drive.

Detectives transported Alexander to the Orange County Jail where he is being held under a $500,000 secure bond. The motive behind the shootings is unknown at this time.

Man Arrested For October Hillsborough Shooting

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.

Chapel Hill Man Arrested For Cocaine

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

OC Sheriff’s Office Investigating Home Invasion

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.

Durham Police Invesitgating Bank Robbery

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.

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.