THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS
Mall rats break bad
Winston-Salem police responded to reports of juveniles running through Hanes Mall, and subsequent fights breaking out between small groups of juveniles in the mall’s South parking lot. The incident took place around 9 p.m. on March 7. Patrol officers and off-duty police officers working for mall security stepped in to disperse the youngsters. Police arrested Joseph Pichardo, 17, in connection with the incident and charged him with assault on a government official, resist and delay and fighting. Police placed Pichardo under $1,500 unsecured bond.
R&R Bingo shooting
Michael Moore, Caelisa Jones, and Dana Gardener were treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Moses H. Cone Hospital in connection with a shooting at R&R Bingo on March 7. Greensboro police responded to the hospital at 4 a.m. and learned that Moore had been admitted and underwent surgery, Gardener was admitted, and Jones was treated and released. There is no suspect description at this time. The GPD criminal investigation division is still working on the case.
Armed robberies in Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem police responded to an armed robbery at the Walgreens store on Cloverdale Avenue on March 6. A store employee told police a male suspect, 5-8 to 5-10 in height, 135 pounds, with a goatee, a gold tooth and wearing a gray knit hat robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash and drove off in a red four-door sedan. On March 3, Winston-Salem police responded to an armed robbery call at the Wilco Hess gas station located at 4019 Reynolda Road. The suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the business at closing time, according to police reports. The suspect went behind the counter and demanded money from the registers. As clerks put money and cigarettes in a bag, the suspect shot a round into the floor. No one was injured. The suspect fled on foot. The Winston- Salem Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding this crime contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.
Police solve four-month-old case
Winston-Salem police arrested Howard Wesley Roberts Jr., and Brandon Lamont Adams on March 2 in connection with a first-degree burglary/assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury case from November 2008. On Nov. 6, police responded to a shooting report in the 1600 block of Attucks Street on a report of a shooting. Clevester Payne, 24, told police he was asleep in the bedroom when the suspects kicked in the front door, one armed with shotgun and the others with handguns. The suspects came inside and demanded money, according to the police report. Roberts and Adams were placed under $200,000 secured bond. Their court date is set for March 13.