Chapel Hill Man Jailed on Rape Charge

A Chapel Hill man is being held in the Orange County Jail on a felony charge of first-degree forcible rape.

An arrest report shows 33-year-old Jesus Javier Hernandez, whose address is listed as 108 Ephesus Church Road, was extradited from the Cherokee County Jail in Gaffney, South Carolina, on Tuesday to face the allegations in Orange County.

No details surrounding the case in Chapel Hill or his arrest in South Carolina were immediately available.

Hernandez is currently being held under a $2 million secured bond.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Orange County Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Suspect in Chapel Hill Shooting Appears in Court

A man suspected of shooting into a home on Forsyth Drive last Monday made his first appearance in Orange County Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Rahmil Dimitris Ingram was taken into custody on Monday, one week after he was allegedly involved in a shooting early in the morning of April 25, according to police records.

Ingram has been charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to an arrest report.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman said in court on Tuesday that Ingram and an additional suspect, Keiland Harris, had went to the residence looking for Tyrone Riggsbee leading up to the shooting and that a witness reported seeing a 380 caliber Ruger pistol in the cup holder of the vehicle being driven by Ingram. Nieman added that a search warrant was executed at Ingram’s home following the shooting and a weapon matching the description from the witness was found, although a ballistics report to match the weapon to the shooting on Forsyth Drive had not been done as of Tuesday afternoon.

Nieman added that Riggsbee was struck in the neck by a bullet during the shooting. The original release from Chapel Hill Police said that the victim had been transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment.

No update has been given on his condition.

Ingram’s bond was reduced from $750,000 to $100,000 during his first appearance and he is scheduled to be back in court on May 9.

Harris, the other suspect mentioned, was not in custody as of the hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Arrest Made in Chapel Hill Shooting

A suspect has been taken into custody after a shooting in Chapel Hill last Monday.

A Durham man was arrested in Efland on Monday in connection with a shooting on Forsyth Drive on April 25, according to police records.

Rahmil Dimitris Ingram has been charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, weapon possession by a felon and conspiracy to commit a felony, an arrest report shows.

The 23-year-old has been charged after Chapel Hill Police responded to a shooting where “multiple gunshots” were fired into an occupied residence just after three o’clock in the morning last Monday.

The initial release said a victim was struck by a bullet and transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment. The investigation report says the victim was struck in the neck.

No update has been give on the victim’s condition.

Ingram is scheduled to make his first appearance in Orange County Court on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently being held on a $750,000 bond.

Chapel Hill Police Locate Missing Teen

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police announced late Monday that Bailey had been located. There was no further information available.***

Chapel Hill Police are asking for public assistance locating a missing teenager.

Erica Bailey (Via Chapel Hill Police Department)

Erica Bailey (Via Chapel Hill Police Department)

Police say 15-year-old Erica Bailey was last seen on April 23, in the area of 833 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Chapel Hill. Officials say she may in the Chapel Hill or Durham area.

No other information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Bailey, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2870 or contact Orange County Communications by dialing 911 or (919) 732-5063.

Suspects in Maleah Williams Shooting Sentenced on Unrelated Charges

Separate cases against the two suspects in the 2015 shooting death of an infant in Chapel Hill have reached conclusions.

Pierre Je Bron Moore and Ramone Jamarr Alston are awaiting trial for the Christmas Day shooting of one-year-old Maleah Williams. Williams was shot while in her mother’s arms outside their Trinity Court apartment as other children played outside. Williams died three days later. While Moore and Alston are being held without bond on first-degree murder charges, unrelated cases have been resolved against each individual.

Alston was recently sentenced to three 10 – 21 month terms on multiple felony charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Alston also has a court date set for next Monday on one count of felony possession of stolen goods.

Meanwhile, Moore was sentenced to eight to 10 months in prison on one count of felony fleeing to elude among other charges in connection with a police chase in pursuit of a car driven by Moore where vehicles reached at least 120 miles per hour.

Moore is also facing several other felony and misdemeanor drug charges, among other violations.

Alston and Moore are scheduled to appear in court for the Williams shooting on September 13, when a Rule 24 hearing could be held, which is a hearing before a judge in first-degree murder cases in North Carolina to determine whether the state will be seeking the death penalty in the case.

Fifth Suspect in Efland Murder Appears in Court

A fifth suspect in a fatal shooting in Efland earlier this year appeared in court on Friday.

Terry Glenn Jones Jr., of Durham, made his first appearance in Orange County Court in connection with the January shooting death of 22-year-old Tevin Kendrick.

Kendrick was found in the parking area of the Efland – Cheeks Community Center near an open trunk of a sedan. Deputies said Kendrick was shot numerous times. Emergency officials declared Kendrick dead at the scene.

The 21-year-old Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. Jermauciyae Abram, Barry Holt and Devon Harris are all facing first-degree murder charges in the case. Savian Turrentine has been charged with accessory after the fact to a felony.

All of those charged in the death are scheduled to appear in court in May.

Police Increase Patrols After LDOC

The last day of classes – or LDOC, as it’s known around UNC, was on Wednesday. That kicks off an extended weekend of revelry before final exams.

And local authorities are very well aware of the celebrations that are sure to come.

“We want people to act responsibly, drink responsibly – if you’re drinking,” Mecimore said. “We always encourage people to go out as a group and stick together as a group and take care of the people with you.”

Mecimore said that there will be an increased police presence around Chapel Hill to ensure that everyone is following the rules while celebrating the end of the academic year.

“Our Alcohol – Law Enforcement Response Team will be out for the next several days all the way through the end of the weekend doing some extra patrols,” Mecimore said. “That will mean responding to loud noise complaints and monitoring issues that relate to loud noise – frequently, loud noise and alcohol kind of go hand-in-hand.”

Mecimore said those patrols will consist of checks for underage drinking at parties and doing compliance checks at local establishments.

“That means going to bars and making sure that they’re doing what is expected of them,” he said, “going to establishments that sell alcohol for off-premise consumption like grocery stores, convenience stores.”

Mecimore said that alcohol violations are typically higher on a weekend like this, even when compared with other weekends associated with university breaks. He added that safety is the overall goal of the increased law enforcement efforts.

“We want to make sure that everybody has a good weekend, has fun,” Mecimore said. “But we want it to be done safely.”

2015 Chapel Hill Bank Robber Caught

An arrest has been made nearly one year after a bank robbery in Chapel Hill.

Bank Robbery Suspect_1Chapel Hill Police say the department sought warrants in late March for the arrest of Gregory Bauer Roberts, of Chapel Hill, for the robbery of SunTrust Bank on May 28, 2015.

“We got some information from an anonymous tip that led us to Mr. Roberts,” said lieutenant Josh Mecimore with the Chapel Hill Police. “It appeared he had committed the crime, we established probable cause, took out warrants for him.”

Nearly a month after the warrants were taken out for his arrest, officials say Roberts turned himself in at the Orange County Jail last Thursday.

“He was traveling, or at least reported he was traveling after the time we had taken out warrants,” Mecimore said. “So that accounts for the nearly one month between the warrants being taken out and him actually being arrested for it.”

Roberts is accused of telling a bank teller to hand over $34,000 dollars if they wanted to live.

He has been charged with one felony count of common law robbery. Officials say he was processed and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Roberts is due back in court on May 27.

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Monday Shooting

One person was injured in a shooting in Chapel Hill early Monday.

A release from Chapel Hill Police says officers responded to a shooting on Forsyth Drive at approximately 3:15 Monday morning.

Police say an unidentified suspect fired multiple gunshots into an occupied residence before leaving the area.

One victim was struck by a bullet and transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment. Their condition is unknown at this time.

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting, you are asked to contact Chapel Hill Police by dialing 911 or call Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Armed Robbery Reported Near UNC Campus

Chapel Hill Police are investigating an armed robbery from early Wednesday morning.

A police report says the incident took place around 209 Henderson Street just before one o’clock Wednesday morning and says suspects flashed handguns and then took the victim’s property.

No further information was made available by Chapel Hill Police but an Alert Carolina message was sent out just before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The message to the campus community said the victim was a male UNC student who was on foot when he was approached by two black males in a dark-colored Jeep. One suspect exited the Jeep, according to the message, approached the victim and took items that included a backpack and wallet. A second suspect then allegedly took the victim’s cellphone.

The victim was not injured.

The suspects fled and were believed to be headed out of Chapel Hill, northbound on 15-501.

This is the second robbery over the last week. Another incident was reported last Friday. No updates were available in the initial case as of last update from the UNC Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.