Police seek leads in homicide
DURHAM - Durham police are asking for information about a fatal shooting that happened on Ross Road in 2009.
Jose Juis Gonzalez, 49, was shot in the parking lot of Charlestown Apartments in the 2800 block of Ross Road around 9:45 p.m. April 27, 2009.
Gonzalez was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released. Investigators investigated the aggravated assault in 2009, but did not have enough evidence to file charges.
Gonzalez’s condition later deteriorated and he died as a result of his injuries in October 2010. The medical examiner’s office notified the Durham County District Attorney’s Office when the autopsy report was completed. Investigators were recently notified that Gonzalez had died. The Durham Police Department is continuing to investigate the case and seek additional information.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cristaldi at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322, 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.
Detention officer’s jacket stolen from car
DURHAM – A detention officer’s jacket was among property stolen Thursday from a vehicle in the 100 block of William Penn Plaza. Also taken were a cell phone, keys, a nursing gear bag, eight credit cards, a checkbook and North Carolina license. A police report provided no more details on the theft.
Purse snatcher steals purse
CHAPEL HILL - Police are investigating a purse snatching that occurred on South Elliot Road Saturday afternoon.
An 81-year-old woman was leaving a business when she felt someone bump her hard from behind, according to Sgt. Bryan Walker of the Chapel Hill Police Department.
When she looked, she saw a man hurrying away, and she saw that he had taken her shoulder bag. The man jumped in a vehicle and took off, Walker said.
Man kicks out car window
CHAPEL HILL – Police charged Lavar Devone Brown, 31, of 308 Old School Road, Chapel Hill, with assault on a law enforcement officer, damage to personal property and being drunk and disruptive after an incident on East Franklin Street early Friday.
Police officers saw a man near the Waffle House just after midnight challenging other people to fight. When they approached, he began screaming obscenities at them, Sgt. Bryan Walker of the Chapel Hill Police Department, said.
Police officers attempted to handcuff Brown and he resisted, Walker said. After handcuffing him and putting him into a police car, the officers turned to deal with some other rowdy individuals, and Brown kicked out the back window of the patrol car, Walker said.
A magistrate set his bond at $5,000.
Man steals chicken
CHAPEL HILL – Police charged John Arthur Holman, 67, who does not have an address, with larceny and two counts of second-degree trespassing Saturday afternoon after he allegedly stole a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods on South Elliot Road.
As Holman was leaving the store with the chicken, the manager attempted to stop him, and Holman tried to punch the manager but missed, according to the Chapel Hill Police Department.
A magistrate set Holman’s bond at $350.
In other crime:
- A handgun worth $300 was stolen Friday from a residence in the 700 block of Morreene Road in Durham.
- Someone stole a baby stroller Thursday from a house in the 2000 block of Pershing Street in Durham.
- Thieves took a television, radio scanner and a box of personal items worth $500 from a house in the 1300 block of Morning Glory Avenue in Durham. The theft was reported Thursday.
- A computer’s external hard drive, Dell laptop computer, laptop case and textbook worth $2,020 were stolen Friday from a vehicle in the 100 block of East Parrish Street in Durham.
- An Apple iPhone 4 worth $650 was stolen Thursday from the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham at 410 Blackwell St., Durham.
Contact Keith Upchurch at email@example.com or 919-419-6612. Beth Velliquette contributed to the report.