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Shooting On Jones Ferry Thurs Night; No Injuries

Carrboro police are seeking your help as they investigate a shooting incident that took place in the parking lot of 601 Jones Ferry Road at around 7:30 Thursday evening.

“We do not believe there are any injuries from the shooting,” says Captain Chris Atack of the Carrboro PD, “but evidence recovered from the scene corroborates the reports of witnesses that there were shots in the area.”

Police have interviewed several witnesses, but Atack says given the time of day it took place, it’s likely there were others who saw or heard things as well.

“We’re just asking anybody who saw anything, heard anything, or knows anything about this incident to give us or Crime Stoppers a call,” he says.

If you have information, call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/shooting-jones-ferry-thurs-night-injuries/

Chapel Hill Man Gets His Money Back

An odd case in Chapel Hill earlier this week, as a mugger robbed a man of 160 dollars at knifepoint – but ended up giving all the money back.

The incident took place at 12:30 Tuesday morning, near the intersection of Columbia and Caldwell Streets in the Northside neighborhood.

“A gentleman was walking in that area, and someone approached him and pulled a knife and demanded his money,” says Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan Walker. “When he gave the person the money, the suspect began to run away – and the victim chased him as he called 911.

“The suspect stopped, gave him his money back, and then left the scene.”

Sgt. Walker says it’s a good thing that everything ended well in this case – though in general, it’s probably not the best idea to chase after an armed robber.

“We certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone else in that situation to handle it the same way that this victim did – we wouldn’t suggest that someone chase a suspect that has just threatened you with a weapon,” Walker says. “But in this case, it didn’t result in a terrible outcome.”

The would-be victim who chased after the mugger is a 35-year-old Northside resident.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-gets-money-back/

CHPD, CPD Quickly Nab Young Car Thieves

Story updated September 23, 2014, 6:54 a.m.

Joint efforts of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police departments led to the speedy recovery of a stolen car Sunday night, along with the arrest of two young car thieves.

Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Brian Walker says employees at the valet stand at 450 West Franklin Street near Carolina Brewery noticed multiple car keys missing just before 10:00 p.m.

“Officers checked the parking lot where the vehicles are kept,” Sgt. Walker says. “One of the vehicles whose keys had been taken had also been taken. It was a 2013 BMW 528i.”

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo - this was not the car that was stolen)

2013 BMW 528i (Stock photo – this was not the car that was stolen)

He says officers immediately put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout), which notifies all nearby agencies of the incident.

Jesse Mutua

Jesse Mutua

“Within just an hour or two, (the) Carrboro Police Department encountered that vehicle inside Carrboro,” Sgt. Walker says. “When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the two gentlemen inside the vehicle jumped from the vehicle and fled. They were taken into custody shortly after that by Carrboro and Chapel Hill officers.”

Sgt. Walker says the car was not damaged, according to the report.

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Raekwon Ortiz Snipes

Jesse Mutua, 19, of Carrboro and Raekwon Ortiz Snipes, 18, of Chapel Hill were arrested. They were each charged with three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one felony count of motor vehicle theft. Sgt. Walker says the additional larceny charges were for other keys that were found in their possession, but no other vehicles were reported missing.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, this is the third time Mutua has been arrested. He was previously charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny involving a motor vehicle in January of last year, as well as felony breaking and entering last December.

Each of the men arrested were held at Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Their first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Sgt. Walker says both police departments were proud of the speed at which this case was resolved.

“Carrboro Police and our officers, we might wear different uniforms, but we have the same goal,” Sgt. Walker says. “That’s exactly what this was. This was good teamwork that resulted in an excellent outcome in this case.”

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-cpd-quickly-nab-young-carjackers/

OC Home Invasion Leads To 20-Mile Chase, Wanted Suspects

Story originally posted September 5, 2014, 6:33 a.m.

Police agencies from Orange, Durham, and Wake counties continue their search for two men considered armed and dangerous after they fled from a reported home invasion in Orange County early Friday morning.

The Orange County Sheriff’s department released a statement Friday morning that said deputies responded to a home in the eastern part of the county at 4820 Pleasant Green Road near U.S. Highway 70. Two black males reportedly invaded the home holding firearms and demanding money from the occupants. One of the home’s occupants was forced into the residence from the front yard, according to the release. It also states that one person was later forced back out of the home and kicked repeatedly, but no shots were fired and no one else was injured.

When deputies arrived, they reportedly found the men fleeing in a gold-colored vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by officers and the driver and passenger both put their arms out the window, but when officers tried to approach, the driver sped off.

After a 20-mile chase, they ended at a shopping center on Carrington Mills Road in Morrisville. They left the vehicle and ran into a wooded area near the shopping center. Orange County deputies, Durham and Morrisville police officers, and State Troopers–with help from a K-9 unit–all assisted in the unsuccessful attempt to locate the suspects.

Evidence was recovered at the scene where the car was discarded and is being processed while the investigation is ongoing, according to the Orange County Sheriff.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 919-644-3050, or you may email Sergeant Clark at bclark@orangecountync.gov.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/oc-home-invasion-leads-20-mile-chase-wanted-suspects/

Pedestrian Struck In Carrboro

3:39 p.m. update: Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack said in a release that the investigation was concluded without any charges filed against the driver. The identity of the victim was still not being released, and his condition was unknown.

Story originally posted August 29, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

A pedestrian was sent to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Jones Ferry Road near Davie Road.

“The driver was going the posted speed limit and was driving appropriately,” says Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack. “At this point, we don’t have any charges.”

The incident took place at around 11:20 p.m. Thursday.

As of Friday morning, Cpt. Atack says the condition of the pedestrian was unknown.

“We didn’t have exact information on the scene of the identity of the victim,” Cpt Atack says. “We’re reasonably confident that at this point we have the person identified, but we’re still trying to confirm that.”

Cpt. Atack says if anyone has additional information about the incident, please call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397.

http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/pedestrian-struck-carrboro/

In H’boro, “National Night Out” Promotes Small-Town Vibe

This Tuesday is “National Night Out” in your local community.

“National Night Out” is an annual event, now in its 31st year, co-sponsored by police departments across the country to promote close, friendly neighborhoods – the better to prevent drug abuse and crime.

From 6-8 pm, you’re invited to turn on your outside lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside with your neighbors. Many neighborhoods in the area are hosting special events, and police officers will be there to meet with residents as well.

In Hillsborough, National Night Out is another example of the town’s commitment to its close-knit, small-town character. Mayor Tom Stevens joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the Monday afternoon news to discuss both National Night Out and the town’s efforts in general to preserve its character in the face of development and growth.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/hboro-national-night-promotes-small-town-vibe/

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/