THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS
Cold case solved
Winston-Salem cold case homicide detectives, in conjunction with the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, helped solve a case from August 2004 after arresting Abdula Rashea Hall on March 27. Ansel John Rakestraw was murdered four and a half years ago as the result of a gunshot wound he received during an apparent robbery at his home. Detectives had few leads and no suspects were immediately identified. Hall has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery. At the time of his arrest Hall was being held in the Forsyth County Jail on murder charges in reference to the death of Howard Antonio Haddo, which occurred last October. The investigation into Rakestraw’s death is continuing. Winston-Salem police urge anyone with information about this crime to call 336.727.2800.
Two grocery stores held up
Winston-Salem police arrested two men in connection with the armed robbery of Costa Chica grocery store, located in the 2700 block of Sprague Street, on April 3. Jaray Simmons and Fredrick Fleming, Jr. are both charged with armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping and being held under $150,000 bond in connection with the incident. Witnesses told police that employees of the business were inside preparing to close for the day. One of the suspects approached the 11-yearold child of the storeowners in the store parking lot, threatened the child with a handgun and forced her back into the store. Once inside, the suspects demanded money before fleeing the business in a black vehicle occupied by two other subjects and traveling towards Cole Road. Some time later, the suspects were apprehended while walking in the 3200 block of Ridgewood Road. Officers found a substantial amount of cash lying on the ground near the two men. They were then arrested and transported them to the Forsyth County Jail. No injuries were reported. On April 2, Winston-Salem police officers responded to a report of an armed report at the Friendly Food Mart in the 1500 block of Sprague Street. Police have no suspects at this time. Winston-Salem police urge anyone with information about this crime to call 336.727.2800. Pizza driver held up
Greensboro police responded to an armed robbery call in the 200 block of Wind Road in the early morning hours of Monday. Upon arrival, a pizza delivery driver informed officers that a male suspect wearing a black hat, red bandana, and armed with a handgun approached him from behind while he was making a delivery. The suspect then stole the victim’s wallet and cellular telephone. The suspect struck the victim with the handgun, and left the area in a dark green or blue van heading south on Wind Road. The Greensboro Police Department requests that anyone with information about this crime call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000. Robbery in hotel lot
Greensboro police responded to an assault and robbery call at the Landmark Inn just off South Elm- Eugene Street in the early morning hours of April 4. Upon arrival, the victim he was approached by four suspects when going to his vehicle in the hotel parking lot. The suspects assaulted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of money, as well as his car keys. The four suspects then drove off in the victim’s vehicle, a 1995 Toyota Corolla. The victim suffered from minor injuries in this incident, according to police reports. The Greensboro Police Department requests that anyone with information about this crime call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000. Sprint store robbed
Greensboro police responded to an armed robbery at the Sprint store located in the 2100 block of Pyramids Village Boulevard on the afternoon of April 4. Upon arrival, witnesses informed police that the male suspect, who was described as having an average build and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black sweat pants, tan boots, and a ski mask, walked into the business and pretended to shop. The suspect then waited until the store was practically empty, put on a ski mask, and brandished a handgun. The suspect then assaulted the store clerk with the handgun and demanded money before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Greensboro police request that anyone with information about this crime call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.