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THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD POLICE BLOTTERS, AS COMPILED BY ERIC GINSBURGArmed suspect steals laptop

Winston-Salem police are looking for a suspect who they said kicked in a woman’s door in Williamsburg Court with a white shirt tied over his face, and took her laptop computer at gunpoint after she said she didn’t have any money. The 19-year old victim, who was not injured, was at home at about 9:30 p.m. when the suspect broke in on Aug. 9 and said there may have been other suspects outside. Another witness saw the suspect flee in a black vehicle.

Fries with that?

Someone using the drive-thru window at Wendy’s on Summit Avenue in Greensboro got out of his vehicle, pulled out a knife and reached inside the window, taking an undisclosed amount of cash on Aug. 11 around 1:40 a.m. The suspect fled in a silver, two-tone Lexus and appeared to be in his forties, the police press release said. There were no injuries.

False child abduction claim

Greensboro police ruled that the only possible child abduction by a stranger case this year was false this week. Police had responded to the McKnight Mill Road area in northeast Greensboro on Aug. 10 after a family member said there was “a possible child abduction in progress.” The 12-year old girl was in the safety of her family when the police arrived and the alleged abductor — who was described as a black male in his early twenties driving a burgundy SUV — had fled the scene. Police did not provide further information about determining the claim was false and reminded people to teach their kids to be careful of strangers.

Arson and strangulation suspect turns self in

Winston-Salem police are charging Demario Harris with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, second degree arson and “malicious use of explosive or incendiary substance (gasoline)” after he turned himself in Aug. 6. Harris was wanted for the assault charges stemming from an Aug. 4 incident at about 3:20 a.m. on the 1500 block of Marble Street. Winston-Salem police responded to a fire at the same location the same day, when the home was unoccupied, and charged him with arson. Harris turned himself in around 12:40 a.m. on Aug. 6.

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