Police Log

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 04:49 PM

Police arrest third person in teen's shooting

DURHAM – Police have arrested a third person in the March 11 shooting of a Durham teen on Briggs Avenue near Liberty Street.

The man, Larry Joseph Harwell, 20, of Yancey Street, was arrested Tuesday night on Concord Street.

Harwell is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm within the city limits. He was also charged with malicious conduct by a prisoner and resisting a public officer following the arrest. Harwell was placed in Durham County Jail under a $560,000 bond.

Officers responded to the initial shooting call at 9:24 p.m. and found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound lying on the side of the road. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Officers were told that the victim and a friend were walking on Briggs Avenue when a green Cadillac Seville occupied by three people pulled up beside them. One of the occupants spoke to the victim and a shot was fired. Officers broadcast a description of the vehicle and Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Hamlett spotted a vehicle matching the description a short time later and tried to stop it on Hardee Street near Liberty Street.

Deputies arrested two occupants of the vehicle – Shelly Ann Polk, 30, of Cammie Street, and Victor Lavar Brown Jr., 17, of Hardee Street.

Brown and Polk were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Brown was also charged with resisting a public officer and altering/removing a serial number from a firearm. Polk was also charged with being an accessory after the fact.


Burglars tear up drywall

DURHAM – Burglars did $10,000 in damage to drywall after breaking into a house March 21 in the 1000 block of Elmira Avenue. They stole a stair railing and 20 feet of copper wire.


Visiting professor charged with assault

CHAPEL HILL – Police charged Liqiang Wang, 43, of Shepherd Lane, Chapel Hill, with felonious assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female Monday night.

Police were alerted by neighbors who called 911 and reported they heard a loud argument and banging noises, said Lt. Kevin Gunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

When officers checked the apartment, no one came to the door, but then Wang walked up the stairs from the parking lot. The officers asked him where his wife was, and he said she was walking in the garden, Gunter said.

Police found the 42-year-old female and saw that she was holding her neck as though she had been injured. Officers checked her and saw redness on her neck and also noted broken blood vessels in her eyes, Gunter said.

The officers arrested Wang and transported him to the Orange County Jail, where he was held without bond for 48 hours under the domestic violence rule.

Wang is a visiting professor from China at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


In other crime:

- A Ruger semiautomatic pistol worth $319 was stolen Sunday from a vehicle in the 100 block of Travertine Lane.

- Burglars hit a house March 21 in the 3500 block of Arlington Street and stole three flat-screen televisions, 17 video games, a Nintendo DS video game console, Acer laptop computer and two Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles worth $1,360.

- Napoleon K. Hedgepeth, 37, of South Alston Avenue, was arrested Monday and charged with assault on a female.


Contact Keith Upchurch at kupchurch@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6612 or Beth Velliquette at bvelliquette@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6632.