by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled | by Karen Phillips


Winston-Salem police officers responded to a reported Bank Robbery at the Bank of America located at 1300 E. 5th Street on July 16. The officers found out that “a white male suspect” entered the bank and demanded money from one of the tellers. “After obtaining an undetermined amount of US Currency,” the suspect escaped on foot. He was last seen running southeast from the bank. The suspect is described as being approximately 6’-6” tall, at least 210lbs, wearing sunglasses, a white shirt, white polo jacket, green shorts and tennis shoes. He appears to have a mole or some other birthmark on his left temple area. He is in his late twenties or early thirties.


James Sczudlo, 27, and Adam Tolerico, 26, were walking home on North Spring Street when a “dark in color vehicle” suddenly pulled up beside them in Winston-Salem on July 14. Sczudlo said three black females came out of the car and approached them. He said one of the women pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at them and demanded their money. The victims gave up their money and the three female suspects left headed south on North Spring Street toward Holly Ave. Neither victim was hurt.

A few hours later, officers responded to a reported armed robbery in the 600 block of West Sixth Street. The victim, Pursell Phiffer, said that while he was sitting at the bus stop in front of Crystal Towers, he was robbed by an unknown black female.

Phiffer said the suspect was a passenger in a dark car and pulled out a handgun. Phiffer threw his money on the ground. The suspect picked up the money and then left in the dark car last seen traveling south on Poplar Street.


Thomas Howell Goodson, 52, surrendered peacefully and uninjured at 7:03 p.m. on July 11, after barricading himself in his residence on West Cornwallis Drive in Greensboro for almost three hours.

Goodson’s mother’s nurse called 9-1-1 explaining that Goodson was threatening to kill himself. He also threatened to kill his mother and her nurse who were both in the residence at the time, and pointed a shotgun at them. The nurse and Goodson’s mother left the home unharmed before police arrived.

When the police got there, they attempted to communicate with him “via voice and telephone.” After a short conversation with the police, Goodson came out peacefully and surrendered to police.

No one was injured during the incident, and no shots were fired. Goodson was taken to Guilford County Mental Health for “evaluation.” He may be facing two charges of assault by point a gun.


Julio Romero, 49, was taken into custody with the Greensboro police on July 10 for his involvement in a hit and run. The accident occurred on Randleman Road and resulted in the death of two pedestrians, Phillip David Sayer, 51, and his wife Sharon Sayer, 56.

Officers say that Romero’s Chevrolet Astro van had damage consistent with the accident. He was later seen at an auto parts salvage yard “in possession of replacement parts” to repair his damaged car. Romero is charged with two counts of felony hit and run, two counts of misdemeanor death, two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, and no operator’s license. He is being held at the Guilford County Jail on a $300,000 secure bond.