by Jordan Green

Full-service crack kidnapping

Robert David Levan II, 34, some readers will recall, was charged with first-degree kidnapping and several other charges on Jan. 25, after allegedly kidnapping a 17year-old girl, forcing her to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash, and then making her take him to the Landmark Inn in Greensboro so he could buy and smoke crack. Apparently, it’s happened more than once. “Mr. Levan has been involved in several incidents across the city where he will approach young females in a parking [lot] and become their friend,” a recent press release states. “Mr. Levan will relay a hardship story and request money. He has been known to produce a knife or gun in some situations and have the victim drive to an ATM and withdraw money. After getting the money he will request a ride to one of many motels where he may indulge in drug activity.”

Sykes Avenue home invasion

John Henry, a resident of Sykes Avenue in Greensboro, said he answered a knock on his door at 8:34 p.m. on Jan. 28. Two unwelcome guests, young black males, were there, one with a handgun and another with a shotgun. One of them also wore a blue bandana over his face, but the press release does not correlate weapon with attire. The young men reportedly demanded money, removed cash from Henry’s pocket and left the house heading south on Cunningham Street.

Improving the odds

A store clerk at G&S Mini Mart on Lawndale Drive in Greensboro told police that a black man entered the store and pushed him to the floor on Jan. 29 at 6:43 p.m. The man reportedly removed a North Carolina Lottery Scratch-Off dispenser from the counter and fled in a vehicle traveling east on Sunset Drive. Officers arrested Justin Conley, 22, as he attempted to cash in some of the stolen tickets at the Wilco-Hess station on Battleground Avenue.

Unknown gunman behind ABC

Gregory K. McDaniels, 39, told Winston- Salem police that he left the ABC Store on High Point Road in Winston-Salem around 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 30 and drove around the back of the store to leave the parking lot when he noticed a second vehicle, from which black man of medium build got out and advanced on him with a gun. McDaniels said he accelerated to escape when the man fired several shots at him while chasing him on foot. McDaniels said he collided with the building, struck a tree and came to a stop in front of the store. Police found McDaniels with a possible gunshot wound to the hand, and he was taken to Baptist Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Dog-walker with pot kidnapped

Winston-Salem police have been investigating an incident in which a woman walking her dog on Brookwood Drive was allegedly kidnapped and robbed. Three suspects have been identified: Elhadji Malik Dieye, charged with conspiracy to commit a felony; 18-year-old Shon Floyd Hoyle, charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony; and 18-yearold Johnathan Nathaniel Dutye, charted with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony and intimidating a witness. Hoyle, who is black, remains at large, and police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Police seized .37 pounds of marijuana from the victim, Ashley Nichole Pierce, and charged her with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Unreasonable expectations

Thomas Franklin Saunders Jr., a 37-yearold employee of Breakers Pool Hall on West Friendly Avenue, told Greensboro police that he was taking out the trash on Sunday morning at 4:17 a.m. when he was accosted by two armed black men wearing face masks at the dumpster. Saunders said the men tried to make him open the back door of Jimmy John’s restaurant. Saunders explained that he did not work there, and the men reportedly told him to knock at the door. Even though there were employees inside, they did not answer the door. The men then reportedly made Saunders lie on the ground, took his personal cash and ran east towards Dolley Madison Road.