Police log

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 07:09 PM

Police investigate shooting, robbery at motel

DURHAM - A CrimeStoppers reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests in connection with a Sunday armed robbery and shooting at the Budget Inn at 2101 Holloway St.

The victims told officers a man entered a motel room around 4 a.m. and attempted to rob the occupants. The man shot one of the occupants before running away. The victim suffered serious injuries but the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

The suspect was described as a medium-complected black man approximately 18 to 20 years old.  He was about 5 feet 8 inches to six feet tall with a slim build. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Q. D. Tait at 919-560-4281 ext. 29120 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.

Man sought in kidnapping, robbery

DURHAM - Police are trying to locate Richard Lee Smith Jr., who is wanted in connection with a Dec. 24, 2012, kidnapping and armed robbery.

A Durham woman told officers she parked her car in the 800 block of Ninth Street around midday Dec. 24 and noticed a dark green Toyota Camry occupied by a man and a woman parked nearby. The victim went into a business and when she returned to her car, she noticed the man standing outside his car looking at one of the back tires. When she asked him to move so she could get to her car, he pulled a gun and forced her into her car.

He drove the victim to several ATMs in Durham and forced her to withdraw money. The man got out of the victim’s car near Shannon Road and University Drive around 1:20 p.m.

Smith, 24, whose last known address was on Dixon Road, is wanted on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. 

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Mazziotto at 919-560-4582, ext. 29245 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.

Men rob Burger King

CARRBORO – Four men robbed the Burger King Restaurant on Jones Ferry Road about 8 p.m. Jan. 30.

The suspects were described as black. Police said some carried handguns, and all wore dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts with coverings over their faces.

They conducted a takeover-style robbery of the restaurant, said Lt. Chris Atack of the Carrboro Police Department. One robber went into the restaurant area and forced two customers to the ground, while two others approached the counter and robbed the cash registers as the fourth one stood watch, Atack said.

“They took control of the business completely,” he said.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is asked to call Sgt. Joe Thomas at 919-918-7418 or CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515.

Teen charged with hit-and-run

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill police charged a 17-year-old Mebane girl with misdemeanor hit-and-run after she allegedly struck a pedestrian and kept driving.

The accident occurred on Weaver Dairy Road near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A 20-year-old man crossing the street was hit by a car that was turning right, according to Lt. Kevin Gunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

A witness saw the accident and followed the car as it drove into Chapel Hill North, a shopping center just north of the intersection, and alerted police, Gunter said.

The victim did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, but he was transported to UNC Hospitals to be treated and examined for possible internal injuries, Gunter said.

Police charged Ana Elizabeth Rivas, 17, of 1109 Montreux Drive, Mebane.

Diamond engagement ring stolen

DURHAM – A diamond engagement ring worth $9,800 was stolen Monday from a house in the 300 block of Avon Lake Drive.

In other crime:

- An anatomy textbook was among items stolen Monday from a house in the 1000 block of North Elizabeth Street. Also taken were a medical terminology textbook, five bags of dirty clothes, a box of children’s toys, a flat-screen television, 20 shoes and computer items worth $2,328.

- Copper piping worth $580 was stolen Monday from a construction site in the 4300 block of Medical Park Drive.

- A theft from a building in the 200 block of West Morgan Street on Saturday netted thieves a jacket, car keys, 10 miscellaneous keys and a cell phone.

- Jeremy Tinnea, 23, of Hounds Chase Road was arrested Sunday and charged with assault on a female, failure to appear in court and possession of marijuana.

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