Suspect in Orange County Double Homicide Held Without Bond

A man facing two charges of first-degree murder made his first appearance in District Court in Hillsborough on Monday afternoon.

Armando Garcia Lopez was arrested in Greensboro over the weekend, according to law enforcement, after two people were shot and killed on Doc Corbett Road in Cedar Grove on Friday.

Authorities say deputies responded to a call on Friday morning of two individuals with gunshot wounds located in a single-family dwelling in northern Orange County. Both victims were deceased when deputies arrived.

Authorities initially identified one victim as 37-year-old Armando Aguirre Jr., of Graham. The second victim was identified in court on Monday as Manuela Gomez-Arreola.

Lopez was initially held without bond awaiting his first appearance and there were no arguments for a bond amount made by his defense attorney after the reading of both murder charges on Monday.

Lopez stood quietly with his head down through most of the hearing before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett Monday afternoon as the proceeding went forward with the assistance of an interpreter.

No details were put forward on Monday in reference to any alleged motive in the killings.

Scarlett appointed the public defender’s office to handle the case in defense of Lopez.

He is due back in court in mid-August for a probable cause hearing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 732-7687.

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Arrest Made After 2 Killed in Orange County

A man has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting on Doc Corbett Road on Friday.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office say Armando Garcia Lopez was arrested in Greensboro early Saturday morning.

Authorities say deputies responded to a call on Friday morning of two individuals with gunshot wounds located in a single-family dwelling in northern Orange County. Both victims were deceased when deputies arrived.

One victim has been identified as 37-year-old Armando Aguirre Jr., of Graham. The second victim has not been positively identified as of Saturday morning, according to officials.

Law enforcement says an additional murder warrant is forthcoming against Lopez.

Lopez is being held in the Orange County Jail without bond pending his first appearance on Monday.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 732-7687.

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Two Dead in Orange County Shooting

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths.

Deputies responded to a call on Friday morning of two individuals with gunshot wounds located inside a single-family dwelling in northern Orange County.

Authorities say both victims were deceased when deputies arrived.

Officials say there does not appear to be an ongoing threat for community safety while the deaths are being investigated.

The victim’s names are being withheld pending the notification of their next of kin.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 732-7687.

No further details are available at this time. This story will be updated as more information is released.

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UNC Police Investigating Porthole Alley Robbery

UNC Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery just off Franklin Street early Saturday.

The 26-year-old male victim was walking in Porthole Alley at 2:35 Saturday morning, according to the incident report, when he was approached by four suspects.

Police say the victim was assaulted and the suspects took his cellphone. Authorities say the victim was not a student at UNC. Records have his address listed in Durham.

Two suspects fled the scene in a silver vehicle, according to law enforcement, while the other two fled on foot as police arrived and were apprehended.

The victim did not report seeing a weapon and was transported for treatment of his injuries. Police did not provide an update on his health status.

UNC Department of Public Safety spokesperson Randy Young said that the two suspects arrested were Monti Karlter and Chesley Dion McSwain – both 18 years old.

If anyone has information regarding the investigation, you are asked to call 911. Callers who would like to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to CrimeStoppers are confidential and anonymous and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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Authorities Arrest Second Suspect in Hillsborough Shooting

Local authorities have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a Hillsborough shooting earlier this year.

The shooting in late May on Harper Street sent two men to the hospital.

Records show that 19-year-old Chan Owens was arrested on Wednesday and was being held in the Orange County Jail.

Owens has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm in town limits.

The shooting resulted in a 38-year-old man being transported to a hospital with what was described then as potentially life-threatening injuries, according to law enforcement. Police said at the time that a second individual – a 33-year-old male – was brought to a hospital by an unknown person and was in stable condition.

Police said in June that one of the victims has required several surgeries, still has serious health issues and will require a “lengthy recovery period.”

Police said the preliminary investigation showed the shooting was connected to another instance of shots being fired into two homes on Harper Street in May.

Officials say 18-year-old Isaiah Long of Efland has also been charged with the same offenses as Owens. Long was being held in the Alamance County Jail for a robbery in Burlington as of last update.

Owens has a court date listed for Thursday.

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Bond Lowered at Contentious Hearing for Accused Child Sex Offender

Tensions were high on Thursday at a hearing to review the $1.5 million bond for a Roxboro man charged with nearly two dozen child sex offenses.

The offenses allegedly occurred between 1984 and 1989. And after there was initially one victim listed, officials say that number how now grown to three victims.

Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley said in court that the victims varied in age between four and 15 years old over the course of the allegations.

Alleged victims and supporters of Donald Roy Smith were in the courtroom – sitting next to each other in some cases – as the irregularities grew out of a normally run-of-the-mill procedure.

Smith, of Main Street in Roxboro, was arrested last Friday morning and made his first appearance on Tuesday afternoon, after the long holiday weekend. At that hearing, his bond was held at $1.5 million to allow an evaluation from pretrial release services. There were also concerns because Smith has cancer and is not able to take all of his prescribed medication because it is deemed a narcotic and, therefore, not allowed in the jail.

Following the evaluation from pretrial release, and the confirmation that Smith has no other criminal record, officials deemed that Smith was not likely to skip out on his next court date.

At that point, with everything going at a relatively normal pace, Judge Lunsford Long was prepared to lower Smith’s bond to $100,000 secured, which would allow his home to be put up for bond.

An associate of one of the alleged victims then stood up in the courtroom and expressed concern over pretrial release meeting with only those supporting Smith.

Long said he understood the concerns those associated with the alleged victims put forward.

“Some people might run from a life sentence and give up their house,” Long said. “I can understand why people might think that that might happen.”

After a brief recess to allow pretrial release to speak with the group voicing concerns over the lowered bond, some of the apprehensions seemed to be alleviated and Long went forward with the lowering of the bond to $100,000.

Defense Attorney George Doyle then said that Smith’s supporters were willing to put up half of the bond in cash on Thursday, if the judge would allow him to be released, rather than waiting for the documents to come through regarding Smith’s home.

That request was denied, but the abnormalities continued.

Prosecutor Beasley said that there seemed to be a need to extend the no-contact provision of Smith’s bond to all of those supporting Smith in the case in order to protect the alleged victims and their families.

“Investigator Hunter let me know that one of these gentlemen that’s here on his behalf – that may or may not be willing to put up money today – is taking pictures of these folks here in the courtroom today,” Beasley said. “If that’s true, that’s ridiculous.”

“You need to get your client’s supporters under control or they’re going to compromise his case, Mr. Doyle,” Long warned.

In the end, Long went forward with the reduction of bond to $100,000 secured against Smith’s home and ordered there be no contact between Smith and any of the alleged victims or there family members.

Smith is slated for his next court date on July 25.

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Bond for Man Facing Child Sex Offenses Held at $1.5 Million

Donald Roy Smith, of North Main Street in Roxboro, made his first appearance in District Court in Hillsborough before Judge Joseph Buckner on Tuesday facing at least 17 counts of various sex offenses.

Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley said in court that Smith’s $1.5 million bond should not be lowered because the case is still in the early stages of the investigation.

“The matter is currently still being investigated,” Beasley said. “There are multiple victims, at least one of which, it has been brought to my attention, is present in the courtroom.

“It’s pretty early in the process.”

Smith was initially charged with 12 counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child, two counts of statutory sexual offense with a person who is 15 years or younger and attempted second-degree rape of a child. Officials said additional charges are possible.

Defense attorney George Doyle argued that the bond should be unsecured in hopes of allowing Smith to be released from custody. Doyle pointed to support from the community as a reason his request should be considered. Doyle turned to the packed courtroom and asked how many were there to support Smith; approximately two-thirds of those in attendance raised their hands in response.

“These people have all come down from Roxboro, your honor,” Doyle said. “He has no criminal record – which, I think Mr. Beasley can confirm. He voluntarily submitted himself to an interview with investigators without counsel. He offered to turn himself in.”

Doyle also said Smith had cancer and needed to be released to continue receiving treatment.

“He is not a flight risk,” Doyle said. “This man couldn’t outrun an iceberg.”

The crimes Smith is accused of occurred from 1984 through 1989, according to warrants, and Doyle argued that should ease any concerns the court may have.

“So there’s no minor children out there, that I know of today, that would be endanger of Mr. Smith being released,” Doyle said.

There is no statute of limitation on charges being brought in this type of case.

Buckner said that he wanted to hear a full report from pre-trial release before changing Smith’s bond.

A bond hearing was set for Thursday afternoon.

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Hillsborough Man Charged in String of Residential Break-Ins

A Hillsborough man has been charged in connection with four residential break-ins in Orange and Durham Counties.

Officials say Jonas Brian West, of 1720 Palmers Grove Church Road in Hillsborough, was arrested on June 24 and charged with three residential breaking and entering reports in Orange County and one instance in Durham County.

West was arrested after a vehicle pursuit by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release.

Breaking and Entering Suspect Vehicle

Vehicle allegedly used in break-ins. Photo via Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

West was driving a red Toyota T100 extended cab pickup, according to officials.

Authorities say they recovered stolen property and were able to match it to the reported break-ins. But if anyone has additional information regarding West, you are asked to contact law enforcement.

West is currently being held in the Durham County Detention Facility under a $285,000 bond. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Charges Man with 17 Child Sex Offenses

Local authorities have charged a Roxboro man with sex offenses against children.

A release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Donald Roy Smith is facing 17 counts of various sex offenses.

Smith, of North Main Street in Roxboro, has been charged with offenses including attempted second-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child, two counts of statutory sexual offense with a person who is 15 years of younger. Smith is also facing 12 counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Smith is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $1 million bond.

An investigation is ongoing and officials say additional charges are possible.

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Hillsborough Police Seek Second Shooting Suspect

One suspect is in custody and another is being sought in connection with a shooting last month in Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Police are looking for 19-year-old Chan Owens of Lakeside Drive in Hillsborough following a May shooting.

Isaiah Long and Chan Owens. Photos via Hillsborough Police.

Isaiah Long and Chan Owens. Photos via Hillsborough Police.

Owens has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm in town limits.

Owens is wanted in connection with a shooting on Harper Street in late May that sent two men to the hospital.

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with what was described then as potentially life-threatening injuries, according to law enforcement. Police said at the time that a second individual – a 33-year-old male – was brought to a hospital by an unknown person and was in stable condition.

Police said one of the victims has required several surgeries, still has serious health issues and will require a “lengthy recovery period.”

Police said the preliminary investigation showed the shooting was connected to shots being fired into two homes on Harper Street in May.

Officials say 18-year-old Isaiah Long of Efland is also wanted in connection with the shooting. Long has been charged with the same offenses as Owens. Long was being held in the Alamance County Jail for a robbery in Burlington.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Owens is asked to contact Sergeant Chip White at the Hillsborough Police Department at (919) 732-9381 extension 34 or by calling 911. Anonymous tips can also be left via the town’s website or by calling (919) 732-3975.

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