UNC Professor Dies After Robbery And Assault Near Campus

Originally posted July 24, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

A research professor at the Eshelmen School of Pharmacy died at UNC Hospitals on Thursday morning from wounds suffered during a beating and robbery Wednesday afternoon. Now, the two suspects in custody for the assault face murder charges.

Feng Liu

Feng Liu

Chapel Hill police found 59-year old Feng Liu, of Greyfield Boulevard in Durham, suffering from serious head wounds on West University Drive shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the News and Observer, prosecutors said Liu was hit in the head with a rock.

“Officers got there and determined he had been assaulted and robbed. He was taken to UNC ER for treatment,” says Lieutenant Josh Mecimore. “Later that evening, we were able to identify some suspects and charge them.”

Police arrested Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill.  Both men face charges of murder, felony robbery, and assault.

Derick Davis II

Derick Davis II

Troy Arrington Jr.

Troy Arrington Jr.

Davis is being held under a $100,000 secured bond and Arrington Jr. is being held under a $75,000 secured bond.

***Update from Chapel Hill Police July 25, 2014, 8:46 a.m.: Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr. have been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Feng Liu. Davis and Arrington are currently being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

 ***Update from the News & Observer: Arrington was reported to be in between drug rehab programs. He scheduled to meet with his pretrial-release manager the same day of the attack.

Liu studied pharmaceutics science at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China and received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. His research focused on gene and drug delivery.

After the news of the death of the UNC professor, many people on social media showed their concern that the incident occurred in the middle of the day in a residential area.

 

 

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WCHL’s Mary Yount went to Franklin Street yesterday afternoon to gather reactions.

Here’s what you had to say:

A Statement from Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt:

The death of Professor Feng Liu as a result of a serious assault and robbery Wednesday afternoon is a horrible tragedy and a loss for the Chapel Hill community.

 

A safe and secure environment is fundamental to our quality of life in Chapel Hill and, as a community, we must not tolerate such senseless violence. The Town and the University continue to partner on those matters impacting quality of life in Chapel Hill, public safety being chief among them.

 

Two suspects are currently in custody in the Orange County Jail in connection with this horrible incident. I have the utmost confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Chapel Hill Police Department, which will provide information to the public as it becomes available.

 

I offer my heartfelt condolences to Professor Liu’s family, friends, members of the University community, and all who knew him.

A Statement from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt:

Dear Carolina community:

 

I am writing in regard to the tragic loss of a member of the Carolina community. As many of you know, Dr. Feng Liu, a research professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, passed away this morning in what the Chapel Hill Police Department is calling a robbery/homicide. This is a tremendous loss to Carolina, and I am heartbroken over this horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Liu’s family, colleagues and friends during this difficult time.

 

Dr. Liu spent nearly 10 years at Carolina and was dedicated to the success of his students. He conducted important research on gene and drug delivery in the School of Pharmacy. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.

 

The Chapel Hill Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection with this tragedy. We will update the University’s Alert Carolina website, http://alertcarolina.unc.edu, as new information is available.

 

The University is cooperating fully with Chapel Hill police in this investigation. I want to assure you that safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors on Carolina’s campus and in the surrounding community is my highest priority.

 

During this time of loss, the Carolina Community has resources to help us in our grief. We are making counseling resources available. We encourage students to call Counseling and Psychological Services (919-966-3658), and faculty and staff to contact our Employee Assistance Program (877-314-5841), if you would like support.

 

I encourage all members of the Carolina Community to process their grief and support one another.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol L. Folt

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/2-face-charges-robbery-victim-dies-following-assault/

UNC DPS Investigating Sunday Armed Robbery

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Department of Public Safety is in search of a suspect or suspects who robbed a male UNC student of a small amount of cash near campus Sunday.

The student told police he was struck in the face with an unknown object. He was in the area of downtown Chapel Hill or northern campus. He wasn’t able to provide a description or number of suspects, but UNC DPS says an ongoing threat to campus is not suspected in connection with this case.

UNC Police are asking anyone with information which might aid in the investigation to contact investigators at 919-962-8176. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/unc-dps-investigating-sunday-armed-robbery/

Two Grimes Hall Residents Robbed

CHAPEL HILL – Imagine walking in on a robbery in progress or returning home to find your possessions stolen.

That’s what happened at the UNC Grimes Residence Hall Wednesday at around 1:15 p.m.

Alert Carolina and the UNC Department of Public Safety are asking for your help in providing information about the breaking and entering which resulted in the theft of two wallets. A suspect was reportedly seen as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.  He was seen wearing a black, down-fill styled coat, black pants, and a plain, black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UNC Police Department at 919-962-8100 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous.

You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/two-grimes-hall-residents-robbed/

Chapel Hill Police Search For Gas Station Robber

CHAPEL HILL- Chapel Hill Police need your help identifying a man who robbed the Family Fare BP at 1201 Raleigh Road on Monday afternoon.

Investigators say a man entered the business just before 2 o’clock, brandished a knife at an employee, demanded money and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-forties with black hair, brown eyes, and a thin goatee.

If you have any information, call Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and you may be eligible for up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can also submit tips online at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org/.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-search-gas-station-robber/

Securing Your Home During The Holidays

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Police Department is stepping up patrol over the holiday season and warning homeowners and renters to make sure your possessions are secure.

Public Information Sgt. Bryan Walker says it’s even more important now to make sure all doors and windows are locked. And, he says having alarms and signs in the yard can be a major deterrent.

“Alarm systems, even if they aren’t connected to a central alarm company, can deter theft or can deter someone from breaking into your house, they don’t necessarily prevent it, but just seeing the alarm sign in front of the house, some criminals will move on” Walker states.

Toward the end of the holiday season as you take out your trash and recycling, Sgt. Walker says you should be cautious about advertising what new items you have.

“A bad guy can ride by your house, or walk by your house, and see the empty cardboard boxes that you’ve left out in recycling and know the types of items that you have just gotten for Christmas and that are sitting there in your house waiting to be stolen” Walker states.

Some of the ways to hide what new items are in the house are to turn the cardboard boxes inside out or take them to a recycling drop-off.

For more information on ways to keep your home safe in the Holiday Season click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/staying-safe-holidays-homes-students/

Strong-Armed Robbery Friday Morning In Arboretum

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) needs your help finding the suspects of a strong-armed robbery that took place early Friday morning.

A UNC student reported four black males in tee-shirts and jeans as the suspects. The incident reportedly occurred in the Arboretum near Cameron Avenue around 1:00 a.m. Friday.

UNC DPS is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the UNC Police Department at 919-962-8100 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous.  You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/strong-armed-robbery-friday-morning-in-arboretum/

CHPD Searching For Early Sunday AM Robbery Suspect

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police need your help to find the suspect in an armed robbery at the Wilco-Hess near Harrington Bank on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. early Sunday morning.

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Police report a suspect wearing a pink hoodie with “PEACE” in large letters above “College” in smaller letters forced the store clerk to surrender the money by pointing a small silver revolver at the clerk.

The suspect was described as a black male from 5’11” to 6’1″ tall, medium build, medium complexion, clean shaven, wearing dark pants, and a white baseball cap with a silver sticker on the bill.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could receive a cash reward up to $2,000. If you have information, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. You can also leave tips online at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-searching-for-early-sunday-am-robbery-suspect/