THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS
Arsenal found in W-S house
Winston-Salem police showed up at 525 Barrett Road to investigate a hit-and-run vehicle accident at 8:07 a.m. on March 11 when 18-year-old Joshua Smith became verbally aggressive, authorities said. Police report that Smith went inside and went upstairs to the second floor, where he began breaking out windows, and then discharged a firearm at least a dozen times. Police established a perimeter and evacuated nearby homes. After Smith reportedly refused to surrender, members of the police department’s special enforcement team set off gas grenades in the house and took the young man into custody. Smith reportedly sustained minor injuries and was taken to Baptist Hospital. Following his release, he was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $70,800 bond. The next day, the young man’s bail was increased to $250,000 and he was slapped with additional charges of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, one count of going armed to the terror of the public, one count of hit and run property damage, two counts of malicious injury to property, one count of discharging firearm in city limits and one count of resisting arrest. Police found an arsenal of weapons at the residence, seizing a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun, a 20-gauge Beretta shotgun, a 16-gauge Savage Arms rifle, a 22guage Glenfield rifle, one 30/30 Marlin rifle, 21 spent ammo cases, 50 unfired 22 caliber Remington bullets, 623 unfired bullets of various makes and calibers and five cloth gun cases. Hotel robbery
Winston-Salem police responded to an armed robbery call at Baymont Inn & Suites on Mercantile Drive at 8:54 p.m. on March 11. Witnesses said a man had demanded money and fled the scene. Police located a suspect named Derrick Duane Linton of High Point, and charged him with armed robbery.
K-Mart robbery suspect caught
Employees off K-Mart on Peters Creek Parkway told Winston-Salem police that three black males entered the store carrying guns and wearing bandannas last September. The suspects reportedly ordered the employees to the back of the store at gunpoint, robbed the store and fled the area. The police identified Samuel Byrd, 26, as one of the suspects and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of kidnapping on March 12. Byrd was taken to Forsyth County Jail and placed under a $500,000 bond.
Red’s Curb Market fight
Greensboro police officers responded to a fight call at Red’s Curb Market on North Church Street at 2:49 p.m. on March 13. They learned that employee Prasidha Rana, 36, had been reportedly stabbed in the abdomen by an angry customer over the price of a purchase. The police soon found suspect Lavale Miller, 29, nearby, and discovered he had cut his hand. Miller was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Rape reported at hotel construction site
An unidentified 22-year-old woman interviewed by Winston-Salem police officers at Forsyth Medical Center said she had left a group of friends at Wild Wing CafÃ© on Hanes Mall Boulevard and started walking with an unidentified person towards the Marriott hotel, which is under construction. The person reportedly took her into the hotel, pushed her to the floor and raped her. Afterwards, the woman told police that she walked back to Wild Wing CafÃ©, and her friends took her to the hospital. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800. Lawndale Drive home invasion
Harry Anthony Jr., 79, told Greensboro police a black man forced his way into his house on Lawndale Drive, and pointed a handgun at his head. The intruder, described as being in his early twenties, wearing a twotoned black jacket and carrying a black handgun, reportedly forced Anthony to the floor, removed a credit card and cash from his wallet, and left the house in the resident’s 2002 Silver Mercury Grand Marquis, which bears a North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway tag bearing the number 7095BP. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.