Police Beat

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Women killed in traffic accident identified

DURHAM – A 34-year-old woman died Wednesday afternoon in northern Durham after the Kia Optima she was driving drifted across the centerline and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

Police identified the woman as Amy Michelle Stone of Hurdle Mills.

Eric Pendergrass, 18, of Durham was driving a Ford F350 pickup truck south about 2:15 p.m. on North Roxboro Road near Northern High School when Stone, who was driving north on the four-lane road, crossed into his lane, according to police.

Stone was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pendergrass had three male teenagers in his pickup truck, and they were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. None appeared to have life-threatening injuries, police said.

No charges have been filed in the accident.

Missing toddler was asleep at home

DURHAM – Parents and police searched for a 4-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday, but it turned out he had been asleep at his home the whole time.

The boy was last seen in the area of 703 Liberty Street, and police issued an Amber Alert early Thursday morning. The alert listed information about one abductor, described as a 45-year-old white male wearing a white shirt and a red hat.

The Amber Alert was later cancelled after the boy was found asleep in a closet at home.

UNC Police investigate on-campus assault

A female student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported an assault Thursday morning at Carroll Hall.

UNC’s department of public safety is investigating the incident, which occurred around 8:15 a.m. The victim was walking from the intersection of Cameron Avenue and South Columbia Street when she noticed she was being followed. When she entered Carroll Hall, the victim stated the suspect came from behind and “forcefully slapped” her on the buttocks. The suspect then fled the building and was last seen heading north toward South Road.

She described the suspect as a thin black man in his early 20s, with shoulder-length dreadlocks and a medium complexion. He was dressed in long dark basketball shorts, a dark short-sleeved T-shirt and a black, red and white baseball cap with a royal blue skull cap underneath. He also had a royal blue two-string backpack and may have been using neon-colored ear-buds. 

UNC Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call UNC Department of Public Safety at (919) 843-6165 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous. The public can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.