Police Beat

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

Reward offered in trail attack

DURHAM - A CrimeStoppers reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest(s) in an assault and robbery Saturday on the American Tobacco Trail.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. between the South and Lawson streets entrances to the trail. A man told officers he was walking on the trail when two men approached and hit him with a wooden stick. The suspects took $13 and fled.

One suspect was described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 18 and 20 years old. He wore a red T-shirt and red shorts. The second suspect was described as black with a dark complexion, a slim face and dreadlocks. He was 20 to 25 years old and wore a red T-shirt and red shorts.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that police said did not appear life-threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator K.D. Emanuel at 919-560-4415, ext. 29306 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

UNC police charge man with rape

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Dept. of Public Safety charged Raphael Sierra Gaona, 55, with second-degree rape in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Friday evening at the State Employees Credit Union Family House on Mason Farm Road.

Another law enforcement agency assisted by alerting UNC police that Gaona was on the campus about 11 a.m., said Randy Young, spokesman for the UNC Dept. of Public Safety.

Gaona was transported to the Orange County Jail and held under a $40,000 bond, Young said.

The sexual assault occurred between 6 and 8 p.m. last Friday, although Young said he didn’t know whether the assault occurred outside or inside of the house.

The SECU Family House is a place where families can stay if they have an adult relative being treated at UNC for a critical illness or injury.

Neither the victim nor Gaona had an affiliation with UNC, Young said.

Pickpocket picks off Apple phone

DURHAM – A teen told police that a pickpocket took his Apple iPhone 4 Sept. 13 while he was in the 800 block of Clayton Road. The phone was valued at $400.

In other crime:

- A 19-year-old told police he was robbed Sept. 8 behind a building in the 800 block of North Mangum Street. A police report listed a second victim as Papa John’s Pizza. The man said an iPhone 4s, $100 and a pizza order worth $356 were stolen.

- A Samsung Galaxy 4 phone worth $540 was reported stolen Sept. 13 from a 30-year-old woman at a grocery in the 1100 block of East Main Street. A police report did not include the grocery’s name.

- A Duke Energy power meter worth $300 was reported stolen Sept. 14 from a residence in the 700 block of Holloway Street. It was recovered. A police report said $683 worth of electricity was stolen during the theft. No further details were reported.

- Burglars hit a home Sept. 8 in the 3800 block of Dunn Avenue and stole two flat-screen LG televisions. One was a 42-inch and the other, a 32-inch. Their total value was $840.

- A digital camera and camera bag worth $840 were stolen Sept. 10 from a vehicle in the 400 block of Blackwell Street.


Contact Keith Upchurch at kupchurch@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6612.