Chapel Hill Police Make Arrest in Pedestrian Hit and Run

Chapel Hill Police have made an arrest in a hit and run from late October.

30-year-old Tyson Kim was extradited to Chapel Hill on Wednesday in connection with felony charges, according to police records.

Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore says the charges stem from a report on October 25 near the Eastgate Shopping Center.

“Officers arrived and the fire department arrived and found a person who had been hit by a vehicle, possibly run over by a vehicle,” Mecimore says, “no life-threatening injuries but was certainly injured and was subsequently taken to the emergency room.”

Mecimore says police were able to quickly identify Kim as a suspect and get a description of the vehicle he had been driving.

Mecimore adds the victim had been a passenger in Kim’s vehicle before being struck.

“The passenger decided to get out of the car, after some sort of issue between the two,” Mecimore says. “He got out and the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Kim, subsequently ran him over or ran into him at the very least with the vehicle.

“And so [Kim] was charged with assault inflicting bodily injury, hit and run with injury and then driving while his license was revoked.”

Mecimore says the incident that led to the victim exiting the vehicle was the passenger attempting to intervene in an argument between Kim and a female passenger.

The assault inflicting bodily injury and hit and run with injury are both felony charges.

Mecimore says authorities were able to identify that Kim had fled the state. South Carolina law enforcement officials arrested Kim after he was stopped in the Palmetto State in early November.

Kim was taken to Orange County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

UNC Assistant Professor Arrested on Sexual Exploitation Charges

A UNC faculty member is scheduled to appear in court Monday after being arrested late last week.

33-year-old Kuohsiung Yang is a research assistant professor at UNC, and he was arrested last Thursday and charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation with a minor, according to police reports.

The 10 counts are all felony charges.

Yang, of 120 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, has been a UNC employee since August of 2012, according to WRAL.

The FBI is reportedly involved in the case where Yang duplicated videos of young girls being sexually assaulted, according to police reports.

Yang was transported to the Orange County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

Chapel Hill Police Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Felonies

A traffic stop led to multiple felony charges in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Police arrested 35-year-old Ricardo Anthony Dixon on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with seven felony counts for various offenses, including breaking into Culbreth Middle School.

Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the arrest started with an officer checking motorists speed on Highway 54, just past 15-501.

“[The officer] clocked a car speeding into town, 66 in a 45,” Mecimore says. “He turned around to stop the vehicle. They were, sort of, driving suspiciously after he got behind them and then refused to stop when he tried to stop them.”

Mecimore says as the suspect led officers on a brief chase, one individual jumped out of the car and waited for authorities on the side of 15-501.

Dixon, who was driving the vehicle, later jumped from the car and ran into the woods.

“Officers pursued him into the woods,” Mecimore says. “Then we started setting up a perimeter around the area that he was in and got one of our K-9 units to come.

“Probably not the best day to be running because all of our dogs were actually here for training.”

Mecimore says only one of the department’s four police dogs was needed to track down Dixon in the woods near where the vehicle was abandoned, around Coker Drive.

Dixon was taken into custody just before four o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

Mecimore says investigators linked Dixon to a break-in at Culbreth Middle School that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Dixon was charged with several felonies including breaking and entering, larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, speeding to elude arrest and possession of burglary tools. He is also facing misdemeanor counts including reckless driving, damage to real property and possession of stolen goods.

Durham Police also charged Dixon in connection with a series of break-ins at Durham Public Schools similar to the break-in at Culbreth. Dixon is facing multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to property and conspiracy in Durham.

Dixon is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $52,500 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Dixon’s passenger that jumped out of the car and waited for authorities was not charged with any crimes.

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Death

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a death following a request for a wellness check.

Police responded to a home on Pritchard Avenue just before 11 o’clock last Friday morning, where a resident who had passed away was found, according to police records.

Police have not released the name of the deceased while the family is notified.

Authorities do no suspect foul play.

Chapel Hill Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping

Chapel Hill Police arrested a Durham man, on Saturday, in connection with an attempted kidnapping late Friday night.

An Alert Carolina message was sent to the campus community just after two o’clock Saturday morning warning students of the incident.

The victim reported that she was approached by a heavyset black male in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s, who was armed with a silver handgun, near the intersection of Kenan Street and West Cameron Avenue just before 11 o’clock Friday night.

The victim reported that the suspect attempted to force the victim into a white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant, but the victim was able to escape uninjured when bystanders approached and intervened.

Chapel Hill Police arrested Keith Robert Webster Jr. on Saturday. Webster was charged with second degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon. Webster was transported to the Orange County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.

Webster was also arrested in 2008, according to WRAL, on charges of armed robbery in connection with an incident on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Victims in that scenario reported the suspect approached the men with a shotgun and took money from the victims and fleeing.

Webster is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the new charges early this week.

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Chapel Hill Police are investigating an armed robbery, according to an Alert Carolina message sent to the campus community.

Police responded to a reported armed robber around 2:30 in the morning on Friday, October 30th.

A male and a female were walking along North Columbia Street, near Isley Street, when they were approached by two male suspects, according to the message. Each suspect was armed with a handgun and wearing hooded sweatshirts. The suspects reportedly shoved the victims against a fence, took money and property and then walked from the scene on foot.
If anyone has information which might aid in the investigation, please call 911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to CrimeStoppers 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.

UNC Police Respond to Sexual Assault After No Citations at Homegrown Halloween

An estimated 40,000 revelers crowded onto Franklin Street on Saturday night for Halloween, according to Chapel Hill Police.

Orange County Emergency Services responded to 10 calls within the closed event, according to officials. The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.

There were no arrests made or citations issued in the closed area, according to Chapel Hill Police.

The streets were cleared at 11 o’clock Saturday night and opened to traffic just before midnight, after being cleaned by Town crews.

While no arrests were made at the Homegrown Halloween event, an Alert Carolina message went out early Sunday morning warning students that campus police were investigating a report of a sexual assault just before three o’clock Sunday morning.

Campus police say the assault reportedly occurred in UNC’s Hinton-James Residence Hall.

A male suspect, estimated to be 6’ tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds, is believed to have left the campus area, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or 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.

Police Make Arrest In July Sexual Assault Case

Local police on Wednesday made an arrest in a sexual assault case dating back to July.

Chapel Hill police had been looking for 26-year-old David Michael Edwards, Jr., for several weeks. On September 29, they issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of second-degree rape.

Wednesday at 6:00 pm, authorities finally caught up with Edwards coming out of a building at 300 East Main Street in Carrboro. He was taken into custody without incident; he’s currently being held in Orange County Jail.

The reported assault took place on July 11, downtown near 100 East Franklin Street. The female victim was transported to UNC Hospitals.

Suspect in Chapel Hill Domestic Violence Case Arrested in Oklahoma

An arrest has been made in connection with a domestic assault in Chapel Hill earlier this month.

Kevin Tyler Schuster was apprehended in Canadian County, Oklahoma, for possessing a stolen vehicle, according to police.

Chapel Hill law enforcement officials say Schuster is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina to face charges stemming from the October 24 domestic assault. Schuster is facing charges of felony assault by strangulation, felony kidnapping, felony motor vehicle theft, felony obtaining property by false pretenses, in addition to misdemeanor larceny and interference with emergency communication.

The victim was transported to UNC Emergency Department with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening, according to police. There was no update given on the victim’s condition.

Hillsborough Police Asking for Public’s Help in Connection with Shooting

Hillsborough Police are looking for information regarding two recent incidents.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting on Faucette Mill Road in Hillsborough, at approximately two o’clock in the morning on Sunday, October 18.

Authorities say police then found 26-year-old Victor Glover in a vehicle at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Glover was reportedly taken to Duke Hospital for treatment.

Hillsborough Police were also called to a scene of an armed robbery at approximately 10 o’clock the night of Tuesday, October 20, at the Domino’s Pizza on John Earl Street. Two employees were at the business when a white male wearing a mask and black clothing entered the business with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect stole cash and was last seen running from the business, according to police.

The employees were not injured in the robbery.

If you have any information regarding either of these incidents, please contact Hillsborough Police.