by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


The Winston-Salem Police Department is searching for a man suspected of fraudulently impersonating an officer and obtaining property under false pretenses. On May 15, a man identifying himself as Detective Joe Kennedy visited an 81-year-old woman at her home. The man explained to the woman that he was investigating account irregularities at the State Employees Credit Union on New Walkertown Road. He told her that her money was at risk and she needed to withdraw some of it to transfer to another bank. He then made a phone call, connecting the woman to a man he claimed was the police chief. The woman spoke to the man, who also advised her to withdraw her money. She then drove the man to the bank and withdrew money from her account before returning home. At some point, the woman walked into another room, leaving the man alone with the money. When she returned, both the man and the money were gone. The department continues to investigate the incident and has released two surveillance photos of the suspect, a bespectacled black male described as well dressed and well spoken. Anyone with information concerning this case is advised to contact the department at 336.773.7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.


Winston-Salem police pulled over a vehicle on Indiana Avenue, suspecting outstanding warrants for an occupant’s arrest shortly after 2:30 a.m. on March 14. After arresting the passenger for the warrants, police asked the driver, Javon Ellis, to step out of the vehicle as they were performing a drug investigation. Ellis refused and closed his door, which reportedly struck an officer in the head. He proceeded to drive away from the scene before crashing roughly a mile down the road. Ellis, 22, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was arrested on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, speeding to elude arrest and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. The officer was not injured in the incident.