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North Carolina: Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

August 14, 2009

Durham, North Carolina

From WRAL of August 9, 2009

Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

A Duke student struggled with a man who tried to rob him, resulting in gunfire that wounded him and possibly the would-be robber, Durham police said.

The student and a woman were walking in the 500 block of Watts Street shortly before midnight Saturday when a man armed with a gun approached them from behind, police said. He ordered the pair to put their hands on their heads and started to search them.

A struggle ensued over the gun, and two shots were fired, police said. The student was shot in the abdomen, and the attempted robber fled.

“I was pretty sure that it was shots, not firecrackers. … It was like right here, and the woman, she was screaming her guts out,” said Anita Akella, a Duke graduate student who lives nearby.

The victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, was treated at a nearby hospital. The woman was uninjured.

The gunman was limping when he fled and might have been shot, police said. He was described as black, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a stocky build. He has bulging eyes. He wore a gray shirt and dark jeans.

The shooting happened one block from Duke’s East Campus, where first-year students are to move in next week.

Graduate student Melanie Oberman said the shooting happened outside the apartment she recently rented.

“I definitely don’t feel comfortable living in the house until I have security put in,” she said. “I had no idea that something could happen right outside my door like that.”

Residents said Trinity Park neighborhood has long been a safe area.

“It makes me very sad, more than it does fearful,” homeowner Sally Spears said. “But the world we live in now has turned into the situation that it is.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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North Carolina: No charges filed against Sneads Ferry man who shot intruder

July 8, 2009

Jacksonville, North Carolina

From the Jacksonville Daily News of July 7, 2009

No charges filed against Sneads Ferry man who shot intruder

A Sneads Ferry man who shot a teenager charged with trying to break into the man’s home Monday will not be charged, authorities said.

Landon Crews, of Crows Nest Lane, shot 18-year-old Cyle Norris early Monday morning. Detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department said Norris was trying to crawl through a broken window when Crews shot him in the right forearm with No. 7 shot from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Norris and three other local men were charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

North Carolina state law says that Crews was within his rights to shoot an intruder breaking into his home. General Statute 14-51.1 states, “A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using any degree of force that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder’s unlawful entry if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.”

The law also states that a lawful occupant has no duty to retreat from an intruder.

“The long and the short of it is he didn’t break the law,” Sheriff Ed Brown said.

Attempts by The Daily News to reach Crews were unsuccessful.

Authorities said Norris, Trevor Sturgis, 21, and David Sonye, 21, tried to break into Crews’ house after Joseph Michael Greene III, 16, who is also accused of attempting to break in, was forcefully put out of the home 20 minutes prior.

The four men tried to break down the front door, break out windows and climb through, authorities said.

Crews – who was at home with his mother – told investigators that he warned them several times before shooting. The four accused intruders were given a bond of $50,000 each.

The Sheriff’s Department is seeking to talk with James Austin Boone, who authorities believe was at the residence around the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning Boone’s whereabouts can contact the Jacksonville/Onslow Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 or Sheriff’s Sgt. David South at 910-455-3113. Callers do not have to reveal their identities.

North Carolina: Business owner shoots intruder

June 30, 2009

Lumberton, North Carolina

From the Fayetteville Observer of June 29, 2009

Business owner shoots intruder

A store owner shot and wounded a man who broke into his business on West Fifth Street Monday morning, police said.

The names of the men involved were not available.

The shooting was reported between 3 and 4 a.m. at The Auction House, said Lt. Johnny Barnes of the Lumberton Police Department.

The man who broke in threatened the store owner with a tire iron, Barnes said. The owner then shot the man in the leg, Barnes said.

The wounded man was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Barnes said.

The wounded man will be charged with breaking and entering, Barnes said.

The district attorney will decide if any charges should be filed against the business owner, Barnes said.

North Carolina: Homeowner wounds would-be burgler

June 30, 2009

Burlington, North Carolina

From the Burlington Times News of June 29, 2009

Homeowner wounds would-be burgler

A homeowner fired a shotgun after two people broke into his home on N.C. 54 early Monday and hit one of the suspects in the arm.

The gun scared the two men away, and one of them, 36-year-old Randy Stewart, of Morningside Drive, Burlington, showed up at Alamance Regional Medical later, according to an Alamance County Sheriff’s Department news release.

He was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for further treatment. His medical condition wasn’t immediately known.

The sheriff’s department obtained a warrant charging Stewart with first-degree burglary, but it still hasn’t been served. The second suspect remains at large and deputies continue to search for him.

The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at a home on N.C. 54. The home owner, John Davis, told authorities that sometime after midnight he and his girlfriend were awakened by the dog barking. They heard noises outside the door of the home.

When Davis got out of bed to investigate, the two suspects allegedly shattered the door and entered the house.

“The victim was then confronted by the suspects as they proceeded through the kitchen of the residence,” the release states. “At that point, Mr. Davis had armed himself with a shotgun. As the suspects advanced toward him, he fired the weapon.”

Both suspects left the home. The investigation is ongoing. The sheriff’s department plans to confer with the District Attorney’s office, but it is unlikely that Davis will be charged.

North Carolina: One dead after botched home invasion

June 26, 2009

Wagram, North Carolina

From the Laurinburg Exchange of June 20, 2009

One dead after botched home invasion

Deputies say at least one gunman was killed in an early-morning home invasion near Wagram.

Anthony Martin, of Kale Street in Wagram, was shot to death in the failed robbery attempt while two others masked men fled, according to Shep Jones. The sheriff’s department did not have Martin’s age.

Investigators say one of the robbers was 40-year old William Anthony Strickland, according to Jones. The last-known address for Strickland is 9539 Springview Road in Charlotte. Jones would not say how Strickland was identified as a suspect.

Warrants were obtained for Stricklands arrest on charges of robbery, burglary and felony assault.

Investigators have not released information on the third suspect.

Jones said the trio entered the home of 62-year Edmond Cooper at 23296 Wagram Street at about 12:30 a.m. through the back door, which had been left unlocked.

Debbie Cooper, Edmond’s wife, was still up and a suspect knocked her out by striking her over the head. The men then entered the room of the Coopers’ 15-year old son. The suspects used ziploc ties to restrain the juvenile. The three men then entered the hallway of the residence, according to Jones.

“Edmond Cooper came out of the bedroom with a gun,” Jones said. “He fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects.”

He said the two suspects left standing returned fire, while fleeing from the residence.

“Mr. Cooper was shot in the hand,” Jones said.

Martin was dead when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, according to Jones. Edmond Cooper was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Jones said the two suspects may have fled with $1,000 from the residence.

“It shows the times we’re living in when families are at home, where they are supposed to be safe, and they are violated,” Jones said.

Wagram police have assisted the sheriff’s department in this case.

If you know the whereabouts of William Anthony Strickland or have information on the third suspect, contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department at 276-3385 or anonymously report your tip to Scotland Crime Stoppers at 291-3333.

North Carolina: Robbery attempts foiled: Victims break free, chase suspects in separate incidents

June 11, 2009

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

From the Rocky Mount Telegram of June 2, 2009

Robbery attempts foiled: Victims break free, chase suspects in separate incidents

Spencer Cockrell told authorities he cut himself loose and grabbed his gun late Monday night after he and his wife were tied down at their Nash County home and robbed at gunpoint by two Rocky Mount men, later identified as Jesus Pryor and Justin L. Shaw.

Deputies said Cockrell freed himself as Pryor, 27, and Shaw, 22, fled the scene. Cockrell chased after them with a gun, officials said. Cockrell told authorities he found Pryor outside the home, attempting to cut the phone line.

Pryor allegedly raised his gun, deputies said, and Cockrell fired shots at the suspect, striking him in the arm and buttocks.

Pryor ran and later was found bleeding in the back of a pickup truck on Old Carriage Road, near the alleged crime scene. He was taken to Nash General Hospital then airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he remained in stable condition Tuesday.

Authorities were continuing to search for Shaw on Tuesday.

Arrion T. Dickens, a suspected getaway driver in the burglary, was found in Rocky Mount early Tuesday and arrested, authorities said. Dickens, 26, was charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Similar charges will be filed against Pryor once he’s released from the hospital, deputies said.

No charges will be filed against Cockrell, deputies said.

North Carolina: Winston-Salem resident shoots intruder

June 10, 2009

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From the News-Record of June 10, 2009

Winston-Salem resident shoots intruder

A resident shot and wounded one of four men who forced themselves into his apartment Tuesday night, police said.

About 10:18 p.m., Joseph Tyler Cox, of 5039 Winster Dr., Apt. 203, responded to a knock on the door, according to Winston-Salem police.

Four men dressed in dark clothes with their faces concealed forced themselves inside. One was armed with a knife.

Cox retrieved a handgun and began to fire at the suspects, police said.

Quenton Alphonzo Taylor, 18, of 5489 Country Side Drive, Apt. F, was struck by several rounds, according to police.

Cox also shot himself in the hand and was stabbed several times in the back.

The three other suspects fled on foot, leaving Taylor behind, police said.

Cox and Taylor were taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries.

Charges are pending for Taylor, police said.

North Carolina: Home invasion … kids, adults not hurt

April 22, 2009

Charlotte, North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer of April 22, 2009

Home invasion … kids, adults not hurt

Police are looking for three suspects wanted in connection with a home invasion overnight in northwest Charlotte.

The incident ended with the homeowner firing shots at the fleeing attackers.

It started about 11 p.m. at a residence in the 2700 block of Kendrick Drive, in the Coulwood area.

Police say three men kicked in the front door of the home, where three adults and two children were living. The attackers took money and fled.

While they were fleeing, police say, one of the adult residents fired shots at them. It is not known if the suspects were hit by the gunfire.

The getaway vehicle was described as a white Ford Contour or a Ford Taurus.

The suspects were described as short and thin black males, who covered their faces with shirts.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

North Carolina: Hickory Shooting May Have Been Self-Defense

March 7, 2009

Hickory, North Carolina

From WSOC of March 6, 2009

Hickory Shooting May Have Been Self-Defense

Police in Hickory are trying to figure out if a shooting early Friday morning was a case of self-defense.

That shooting happened at a home on Fifth Avenue Southwest around 4:30 a.m.

Police said Terry Lee Atkins was shot in the chest and then went to two homes nearby looking for help. Investigators believe Atkins may have gone to a home with a .12-gauge shotgun to rob the people inside, but was instead met with gunfire. The homeowners said they had no choice.

Investigators recovered a shotgun dropped in a nearby yard.

Police said Atkins underwent surgery Friday afternoon.

Officers interviewed 12 people in the case. They plan on turning the evidence over to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges should be filed.

Sampson County Farmer Captures Burglar

February 20, 2009

Sampson County, North Carolina

From the February 13, 2009 Dunn (N.C.) Daily Record:

A Fayetteville man’s plan to rob a Sampson County man’s home went awry Tuesday when he got a surprise – an unexpected meeting with the home’s owner, complete with a .22-caliber rifle.

According to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the homeowners, Richard Corderro Woods, 21, of Asbury Road in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday morning after Bryan Tew came home and allegedly saw Mr. Woods coming out the back door of his home in the 600 block of Eldon Store Road in the Mingo community.

Mr. Tew, a local turkey farmer, said he was driving his tractor down the road to fill it with fuel around 11:30 when he noticed an unfamiliar Buick Roadmaster with a burgundy top parked in his garage with the trunk open.

He said he parked his John Deere in front of the car, jumped down and was reaching behind the seat of his pickup truck for his rifle when he heard Mr. Woods kick open the back door, heard broken glass and saw him step outside with an armload of electronics, Wii games and a jar of change.

“You ever see those cartoons where their eyes get big as saucers? That’s what he looked like,” Mr. Tew said. “I yelled at him and when he saw that gun, he sat the stuff down on the freezer near the back door turned around and ran back into the house.”

Mr. Tew said he chased Mr. Woods and caught up with him when Mr. Woods slipped on the linoleum near the front door of the home.

“I told him to stay down and put his hands out,” Mr. Tew said. “He was saying he was sorry. He said he’d pay for the glass in the door if I’d just let him go. He said he had to go to the bathroom.

“You know, a friend of mine said your body only produces about a teaspoon of adrenaline in a lifetime,” he said. “Well, I think I used my whole teaspoon.”

Mr. Tew said since the incident he has wondered time and again what he would have done if Mr. Woods had had a gun.

“I told the deputies, “The thing is my rifle wasn’t loaded,’ ” Mr. Tew said. “They laughed and said, “Hey, that’s all right. He didn’t know that.’ “

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said as it turns out, Mr. Tew had apprehended a suspect his office had been looking for since the middle of January in connection with several break-ins in the area.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we were looking for the automobile,” he said. “Every time the automobile was spotted in that end of the county, he was gone by the time we got there.