Chapel Hill Man Accused of Biting Girlfriend’s Tongue; Held on $390K Bail

Originally posted 5:03 p.m., July 29, 2014

Luke Lazarus Marion IV

Luke Lazarus Marion IV

A Chapel Hill man is in Wake County Detention Center on $390,000 bail, on charges of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, and felony malicious maiming after he allegedly tried to bite his girlfriend’s tongue off during a fight on July 18. The bite reportedly caused permanent damage.

The News & Observer is reporting that 29-year-old Luke Lazarus Marion IV of 102 Isley Street in Chapel Hill was also charged with resisting an officer, when he was arrested on July 19th.

Police say Marion smashed his girlfriend’s cell phone when she tried to call for help, so he was charged with interfering with emergency communications.

A woman claiming to be a friend of the woman whose tongue was allegedly bitten by her boyfriend says permanent damage has been done and surgery will be necessary.

The friend told WCHL in an email that the victim’s frenulum—the piece of skin extending from the floor of the mouth to the midline of the underside of the tongue—was completely severed. She said there was also massive damage to the nerves in her tongue as well as taste buds.

She said, to her knowledge, the victim was not kissing Marion at the time, rather the assault stemmed from an attack.

Marion posted bail and was released from Wake County Detention Center, but was re-arrested on July 23rd for violating release conditions.

Marion has upcoming court appearances in three counties. He’s due in Orange County District Court on August 4 on charges of being drunk and disruptive, and resisting arrest by a Chapel Hill Police officer on April 21st.

He was arrested again by Chapel Hill police the next day for speeding and driving a vehicle with canceled license plates; for driving while impaired and without a license; for leaving the scene of an accident; for missing a court date that month; and for resisting an officer.

Marion will be back in Wake County court on August 5th, for a court hearing on charges of fleeing to elude, driving with a revoked license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Another Wake County court appearance is scheduled on August 11th for several traffic-related charges and resisting arrest. And on August 28th, Marion will be in New Hanover County Court for allegedly driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.

Lumina News reports that on May 25th, a 28-year-old white male named Luke Lazarus Marion was arrested by Wrightsville Beach Police while fleeing, after he allegedly hit a 47-year-old woman, poured wine on her, and threw a jellyfish on her at Johnny Mercer’s Pier.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-accused-biting-girlfriends-tongue-held-390k-bail/

“Safety Is Our Highest Priority”: Police Chiefs React To Fatal Attack

On Friday afternoon, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to public safety in the wake of the death of UNC professor Feng Liu.

Liu was attacked and robbed in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon, reportedly while taking a walk near campus. He died of his wounds at UNC Hospitals the following morning. Two men have been arrested and charged with murder.

Chief Blue and Chief McCracken’s statement follows.

Dear Chapel Hill Community:
Our hearts go out to Professor Liu, his family, loved ones and colleagues during this very difficult time and in the wake of an unspeakable and senseless tragedy.

Safety is our highest community priority.

During this difficult time, we are reminded of the importance of the partnerships that have been formed between the University and the Town. None are stronger than the partnership between the Chapel Hill Police Department and the University’s Department of Public Safety.

Both of our departments embrace community-based policing and support our community safety partnerships with students, faculty, staff, business leaders, residents and community organizations.

We understand our residents will be concerned any time a crime like this occurs in our community. Our departments will continue to listen to you, share information and vigilantly work together to determine how we can keep our community safe.
Sincerely,
Chris Blue, Chief, Chapel Hill Police Department
Jeff B. McCracken, Chief and Director, UNC Department of Public Safety

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/safety-highest-priority-police-chiefs-react-fatal-attack/

Second Burglary This Month Reported At Granville Towers

The UNC Department of Public Safety needs your help in the investigation of a burglary at Granville Towers Tuesday.

Alert Carolina posted an informational message about the reported burglary in a room in Granville Towers West. The resident of the room told UNC DPS Wednesday that she noticed $450 in cash was taken from her wallet. Currently there is no suspect information available.

This is the second reported burglary in Granville Towers this month. On July 4, another female resident of Granville Towers East said she woke up to find her door open, her purse and wallet spread out on the floor, and her money missing.

Police released a photo of a man wanted in connection with that incident.

If you have any information regarding either incident, UNC DPS asks you to call 911 or 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. You can also leave tips for CrimeStoppers at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/second-burglary-month-reported-granville-towers/

Late-Night Hit And Run Injures Five In CH

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a reported hit-and-run incident that injured five pedestrians on Fordham Boulevard in the early-morning hours on Saturday.

According to a statement from the CHPD, police responded at 2:30 a.m. to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and Scarlett Drive. When they arrived, officers discovered that five individuals had actually been hit – all while they were dealing with the aftermath of another vehicle accident that had just occurred. All five were transferred to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the suspect vehicle may have fled on foot or may have been picked up by a passerby.

The investigation is still ongoing.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/late-night-hit-run-injures-five-ch/

New Semester And More Alcohol Violations

CHAPEL HILL - Local law enforcement says it wants you safe in public and out on the roads and recently stepped up its alcohol violation enforcement. Over the weekend there were a large number of underage drinking arrests with the start of the fall semester at UNC.

Public Information Sergeant for the Chapel Hill Police Department, Brian Walker, says police were looking for violations this weekend with the return of students.

“We do notice an increase in alcohol violations when the students return to town, so this past weekend we conducted an operation with our ALERT team, Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team” Walker said.

With many students returning to school, he says it isn’t abnormal for alcohol violations to spike and that throughout the year the number of alcohol violations and arrests can range.  Sgt. Walker says enforcement of alcohol laws is consistent, but that police keep an eye out to address increases in violations.

“We enforce alcohol laws pretty consistently throughout the year,” Walker said “we do see more violations of the ordinances and statutes at certain times of the year based on the students being in town, so we conduct some operations specifically to address that.”

While the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Police Departments may be enforcing the laws and making some arrests, Sgt. Walker says education is one of their goals.

He says letting people know what a violation is of alcohol laws, like having an open container even if over-age, is important for students to avoid confrontations with the police.  On the Chapel Hill Police Department’s website you can view the number of arrests and violations that occurred; Sgt. Walker breaks down the charges handed out starting Thursday.

“Cited 12 people for open containers, 25 for underage possession, and then they also had a public urination and a couple of other related charges” Walker stated.

For more information on the Chapel Hill Police Department click here.

To view a list of the people charged with alcohol violations, you can view the police blotter by clicking here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/new-semester-and-more-alcohol-violations/

Orange County Now Providing Animal Services In Carrboro

CARRBORO – Orange County Animal Services will now be providing animal control for the Town of Carrboro, where animal control was previously handled by town police.

The change will take effect July 1. Carrboro police captain and future chief of police, Walter Horton, explains that the time seemed right to make the switch.

“We used to have an animal control officer, and we no longer have that officer,” Horton says. “It is something that we felt made sense, since they already cover Chapel Hill.”

Director of Orange County Animal Services, Bob Marotto, says that Carrboro’s previous system of enforcing animal control made it an outlier among the towns in the county.

“I think that there has been an interest in having integrated and coordinated animal services provided by our department for the whole county,” Marotto says.

In the past, Orange County Animal Services had been called to Carrboro in the event of an outstanding animal incident.

Carrboro police and Orange County Animal Services note the multiple reported coyote sightings in Orange County and near Carrboro recently. However, there are note any outstanding issues like that currently.

One incident that Marotto remembers in particular was a family of coyotes in Carrboro near Hogan Farms that had offspring.

“They had become unfearful of people,” Marotto says. “They were closer to people than people were comfortable with.”

Horton says there have even been coyote sightings in the past months.

“Out in the northern areas, up near Sunset Creek and the old 86 area, we have two or three around there,” Horton says. “They’ve been following citizens while they walk their dogs.”

Three reports of bear sightings were made this week, but Marotto says the change is unrelated to the recent sightings in Carrboro.

http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-now-providing-animal-services-in-carrboro/

Gunshots Fired Saturday; CHPD Seeking Info

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police are seeking information in a shooting incident that took place on Walnut Street last Saturday evening.

Sometime between 5:00 and 7:26 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, an individual fired a single bullet into a residence on Walnut Street. Nobody was in the residence at the time, though, and there were no injuries.

If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Chapel Hill PD at 919-968-2760, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and callers may receive a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.

You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org/

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/gunshots-fired-saturday-chpd-seeking-info/