Police log: Police probe home invasion
Police probe home invasion
DURHAM — Durham Police officers are asking for help in finding a group of men who robbed a house on June 15 on Lynn Road near Holloway Street.
Police said one of the victims was outside of the house about 10:30 p.m. when he was approached by a group of men allegedly armed with guns. The victim told police he was then forced into the house.
Inside the house other occupants were told to take off their pants and empty their pockets. The suspects took phones and an Xbox game consul from the victims.
Police said there were at least 10 people inside the house with the robbery occurred. Two victims were pistol whipped and taken to the hospital.
Police said that victims heard the suspects say they were at the wrong house during the robbery.
There were three or four suspects involved in the robbery. One suspect was described as a black male, between 5 feet 3 inches to feet 4 inches tall with a goatee. A second suspect was described as a black male approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with dreads and bushy eyebrows. The suspects possibly left in a blue four-door vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator R. Mbuthia at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29119 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.
Mother arrested in son’s accidental shooting
DURHAM — The mother of a 9-year-old boy that died in April while playing with a gun has been arrested.
Amy Suzanne Pittman, 36, of Durham was arrested on Rock Street Wednesday morning, according to the Durham Police Department.
This comes after a Durham County grand jury issued indictments Tuesday charging her in accidental death of her 9-year-old son. Officers responded to a shooting call at 412 Macon St. about 9:41 p.m. April 28.
There they found Christian Pittman dead due to a gunshot wound. His mother was questioned. Tapes of the 911 call said the young boy was playing with the gun when it went off.
“He shot himself, but he didn’t know it was loaded,” the caller said in the tapes. Investigators deemed his death an accidental shooting.
Amy Pittman was not at home at the time, but three children were in the house when the shooting occurred.
At the time of the investigation it was unclear why the gun was left loaded and unlocked. Christian Pittman was a student at Glenn Elementary School at the time of his death.
The grand jury indicted Pittman on Tuesday on one count of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of felony child abuse -- gross negligence, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of failure to store firearms to protect minors.
Pittman is in custody at the Durham County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.