by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Winston-Salem police responded to a reported shooting at Forsyth Medical Center shortly before 11:30 p.m. on July 20. Upon arrival, officers found the bodies of 28-year-old Saqueena Lanique Cutchin and 27-year-old Tazeman Earl Boone. Both were pronounced dead, having suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Boone and Cutchin, who was a patient at the time of the incident, were involved in a domestic relationship, and lived on Polo Road. The preliminary investigation indicated that the incident appears to be a murder-suicide.


Greensboro police officers were dispatched to Zoe’s Kitchen on West Friendly Avenue at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Sunday in response to a reported robbery. The officers were told that a black man had entered the restaurant from the rear after confronting an employee who was taking out the trash, displaying a handgun and demanding money. As the suspect locked two employees in a freezer, two other employees ran to a nearby business, which was closed. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene by unknown means. He was described as a 6-foot-3, masked black man with a muscular build.


Greensboro police responded to reports of a man breaking and entering into a Briarcliff Road house at about 11 a.m. on July 17. After exiting the home, the man fled on foot as a responding officer confronted him. While establishing a perimeter, officers located a vehicle with Virginia license plates near the home. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. While officers were canvassing the area at 12:40 p.m., they learned that the suspect had forcibly taken another vehicle from a neighbor and fled the area. Sheriffs from neighboring counties aided in the pursuit before Alamance Sheriff’s deputies stopped and arrested the man on Ossippe Front Street near Old Highway 87. Derick Devon Martin, 43, of Ridgeway, Va., faces multiple criminal charges.