by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Greensboro police reported to Westside Drive at 1:31 a.m. on August 23 in response to a robbery from a person. Michelle Martin, 46, told officers she was riding in a vehicle with a driver she did not know when they engaged in a dispute. After the driver stopped the vehicle on Westside Drive, they both exited the car, and the other person struck Martin with a metal object and took her pocketbook. The assailant fled the area in the vehicle, traveling north toward Meadow Street. Martin received non-life threatening injuries and refused medical attention. She described the suspect as a black male, wearing a hat, armed with a metal object and operating a silver two door vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336.373.1000.


Winston-Salem police responded to a reported armed robbery on Cole Ridge Court shortly after 8:40 p.m. on August 23. Severiano Jimenez Maya, 51, had been in his apartment when a man entered and identified himself as a police officer. The man displayed a gun in his waistband and took an undetermined amount of money from Maya, and then forced into a bathroom and threatened to harm if he came out. The victim heard his front door shut, looked outside and saw a blue Ford SUV leaving. Officers circulated the area and stopped a blue Ford Expedition. Maya, who was not injured, identified the 37-year-old Robert Lee Baker Jr. as the robber. Police charged Baker with 1 st degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, 2 nd degree kidnapping, impersonating an officer, communicating a threat and carrying a concealed gun. Baker’s bond was set at $250,000.


Winston-Salem police investigated several reports of citizens being contacted on the phone by a male claiming to be an officer with the “sheriff’s office” on Aug. 24. The caller told the citizen they had failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for their arrest. He told them they would need to pay a fine in order not to be arrested. A second person, a female claiming to an officer with the sheriff’s office, made additional calls giving the same instructions on how to pay the fines. None of the persons who reported the incidents made a payment.