Durham Police have announced that eight arrests have been made as part of an initiative focused on a string of violent gun crimes in late 2015 and early 2016.
Authorities say Durham saw a 47 percent decrease in non-fatal and fatal shootings from January 7 through January 31, 2016, when compared with the period from December 13, 2015, through January 6. Durham saw homicides nearly double in 2015.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell joined Interim Police Chief Larry Smith and Sheriff Mike Andrews on January 7 to call for an end to the gun violence.
“It’s not going to be tolerated. We don’t tolerate it. We’re going to put a stop to it,” Bell said at the press conference.
Law enforcement identified 19 individuals who were believed to be connected with the stretch of violent crime. Officials announced the arrests of eight of those 19 individuals, on Tuesday.
“We are still working closely with the community to reduce violent crime and we appreciate the assistance we have received,” said Smith.
Community members have been calling for more consistency from law enforcement.
Police say officers from several units have been focused on the identified people of interest and those who have been arrested face charges ranging from failure to appear in court up to murder.
Those arrested are 33-year-old Terence Deyon Foster, 27-year-old Andre Dewayne Johnson, 25-year-old Deshawn Bailey, 23-year-old Messiah Gattis, 21-year-old Lamonte Colbert, 22-year-old Michael Gill, 16-year-old Najay Peace and 20-year-old Keon Deloatch.
Foster was arrested January 5 and is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failure to appear on earlier charges and a parole violation. He was placed in the Durham County Jail with no bond and was later transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.
Johnson was arrested on January 6 and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official. Johnson was arrested while he was out of jail on bond for prior charges of trafficking in Schedule 1 controlled substances and other charges. Johnson was released from prison after posting a $100,000 bond.
Bailey was arrested on January 6 for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He posted a $1,500 bond.
Gattis was arrested on January 7 after a standoff at an apartment on Junction Road. Gattis is charged with injury to property, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm from an enclosure, 10 counts of discharging a firearm within the city limits and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. Gattis was released pending indictments.
Colbert was arrested on January 8 on outstanding common-law robbery, communicating threats and larceny charges. Colbert remains in jail under a $6,500 bond.
Gill was arrested on January 8 on an outstanding probation/parole violation. He was placed in the Durham County Jail under no bond and later transferred to the Polk Correctional Facility.
Peace was arrested on January 14. He is facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official. He was released from prison after posting a $7,500 bond and was arrested January 15 and charged with felony larceny of a vehicle. Peace then posted $15,000 bond and is currently out of jail.
Deloatch was arrested on January 20 and charged with murder in connection with a January 4 shooting death. Deloatch was placed in the Durham County Jail with no bond.http://chapelboro.com/featured/durham-police-arrest-8-in-anti-gun-violence-campaign
Chatham County officials have arrested two individuals in connection with two meth labs in Siler City.
Authorities say Chatham County deputies executed a search warrant last Friday, January 29, on Driftwood Drive and discovered two methamphetamine labs and additional paraphernalia and a weapon of mass destruction.
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office officials have charged 20-year-old Gabrielle Dowdy and 28-year-old Michael McCurdy with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, possessing/distributing methamphetamine precursor, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for controlled substances and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.
Law enforcement officials did not elaborate on the weapon of mass destruction.
Authorities say McCurdy and Dowdy were also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
McCurdy is being held on a $25,000 secured bond, and Dowdy is being held on a $10,000 secured bond.
Both are scheduled to appear in court on February 29.http://chapelboro.com/featured/chatham-county-authorities-bust-meth-lab
Chapel Hill Police have located a teenager that was reported missing.
Police sent a release around 5:20 Saturday evening seeking assistance in locating 19-year-old Devon Jamar McLean. Officials say McLean is believed to be suffering from dementia or a cognitive impairment.
Just after 5:50 Saturday evening, Police sent out a tweet saying McLean had been located and is safe.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-police-located-missing-teenager
Chapel Hill Police are investigating the report of an assault on a female UNC student that occurred shortly after 2 am on Friday morning.
The victim was walking along the western end of North Street when she was attacked from behind. The victim resisted and the suspect then fled. No weapon was reported in the assault.
The suspect has been described as a black male wearing dark clothes, a flat-bill cap and a letterman style jacket.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515.http://chapelboro.com/news/chapel-hill-police-investigating-assault-on-unc-student
Burlington Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly stole more than $15,000 worth of banjos from a local business.
Officers responded to Lowe Vintage Instrument Company in downtown Burlington on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say a suspect walked in while an employee was assisting another customer and ran out with three vintage banjos including a 1930’s blue Gibson RB11 banjo valued at $8,995, a 1960 wood grain Fender Artist banjo valued at $1,595 and a 1930 wood grain Gibson TB-2 five-string neck banjo valued at $5,495.
The suspect was described as a black male in his early 30s, estimated to be 5’ 10” tall weighing approximately 150 pounds. Police say he was wearing a black jacket and black toboggan and fled in a white vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police say the banjos were located at Worthridge Auctions in Greensboro and returned to Lowe Vintage Instrument Company.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500 or Burlington / Alamance Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.http://chapelboro.com/featured/suspect-steals-15k-worth-of-banjos-from-burlington-store
Burlington Police have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Hillsborough man.
Police have charged 34-year-old Cesar Torres-Acevedo, of Burlington, in the death of Juan Mario Martinez Trujillo, of Hillsborough, on June 13, 2015.
An investigation shows Torres-Acevedo allegedly killed the 56-year-old Trujillo by setting him on fire intentionally.
The investigation started with police responding to a call of a possible person in distress on the eastbound shoulder of I-40/I-85 near the Alamance Road exit. Officers found a male, later identified as Trujillo, who had been critically burned. Trujillo was transported to UNC Hospital and died on August, 24, 2015 from his injuries.
Officials say Torres-Acevedo and Trujillo were known acquaintances.
Police say Torres-Acevedo was being held in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges. He is currently being held without bond on the new charges.
The investigation is ongoing, according to police, and more arrests may be coming.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or Burlington/Alamance Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/arrest-made-in-murder-of-hillsborough-man
Duke University Police are investigating an early-morning robbery.
A message sent to the campus community says that a student reported being robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of Wannamaker Drive and Chapel Drive around one o’clock Monday morning.
The message says two suspects approached the student and pulled out chrome handguns. The suspects then fled in a red truck or SUV after taking several personal items, according to the report.
Police say no injuries were reported.
Officials are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Duke University Police at (919) 684 – 2444 and to report any suspicious activity by calling 911.http://chapelboro.com/featured/duke-police-investigating-armed-robbery
The case against two suspects in the Christmas Day shooting of one-year-old Maleah Williams has been continued.
Williams was shot on Christmas Day while in the arms of her mother as other children played in the parking lot of their apartment complex at Trinity Court in Chapel Hill. Williams died three days later.
Moore and Alston’s case has been continued to a later date after the two were indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the case.
The pair is facing additional charges that were filed before Williams’ death. After the indictment, they are set to appear in Superior Court.
A third suspect, 22-year-old Shaquille Oneill Davis is also facing charges associated with the case, although he is only facing one count of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Officials with the District Attorney’s Office maintain those charges could change as the investigation continues.
Davis is scheduled to appear back in court on February 1.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/case-continued-for-2-indicted-in-christmas-day-shooting
This story was updated with additional information Tuesday morning.
Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a death in Efland, authorities confirmed Monday afternoon.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood says deputies received a call at 2:38 Monday afternoon of shots being fired near the Efland – Cheeks Community Center.
Blackwood says a deputy was less than 100 yards from the scene when the call was dispatched, but he says the deputy did not encounter any suspects when arriving at the scene.
Blackwood says the deputy found a young black male who had been shot “9 or 10 times” near the trunk of a Nissan Sedan in the parking lot of the community center. Blackwood says the trunk was open when the victim was found.
Blackwood says authorities are investigating “many leads” and have identified the victim as 22-year-old Tevin Deshawn Kendrick, of Durham.
An autopsy is being done on Tuesday morning, according to officials.
Additional deputies were stationed near Efland – Cheeks Elementary School on Tuesday morning, which is next door to the community center. Both the community center and school were closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Blackwood says authorities are still working to track down any surveillance video that may be available.
Blackwood say authorities believe this was an isolated incident.
Blackwood wants to remind residents not to hesitate when calling 911 after hearing or seeing anything that residents deem suspicious.
If anyone has any information regarding the investigation, you are asked to contact investigator Tim Jones at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050 or (919) 245-2900.http://chapelboro.com/featured/orange-county-law-enforcement-investigating-efland-death
Durham Police are asking for public assistance locating a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident on Monday.
Police say a man was found in the road near the intersection of Avondale Avenue and Howard Street just before 2:30 Monday morning.
The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, according to officials.
Authorities say the vehicle, described as a silver minivan, left the scene of the accident.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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-investigating-hit-run