The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled
ASSAILING THE RELIGION OF PEACE
Somsak Sambib, 58, was inside the Greensboro Buddhist Center in the early morning hours of Oct. 23 when a white man wearing dark clothing and whose face was covered by a mask or bandana broke a window and forced his way inside. The intruder pointed a gun at Sambib and demanded money from him. Don Donlam, 25, was also at the center when the break-in occured, police said. But Sambib’s pockets were empty and he barricaded himself in another room. The intruder fled empty handed. A word of advice: A house of worship operated by immigrants whose faith emphasizes modesty and simplicity may not the best target for a robbery. Try the Episcopal Church — long known as “the Republican Party at prayer” — next time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.
NEIGHBOR SHOOTS IT OUT WITH WOULD-BE ROBBERS
Kendrick Jerome McIlwaine, 32, looked outside to see what was going on as several people attempted to break into a nearby house on Dellabrook Road in Winston-Salem at about 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 26 — what good neighbor wouldn’t? — when the robbers started shooting at him. McIlwaine happened to be armed with a shotgun and returned fire. The robbers fled the area while exchanging fire with McIlwaine. No one was injured during the shootout. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.773.7700
MAN SHOT IN LARGE-SCALE FIGHT
A large-scale fight was reported in front of the Great Stops store on West Lee Street in Greensboro at about 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 26. Deputies from the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and UNCG Police heard gunshots as they responded to the scene. William McCauley, 21, who was located a short time later by law enforcement at the intersection of East Lee and South Elm streets, said he had been shot during the melee. McCauley was taken to an unidentified hospital for treatment. Police described the alleged shooter as a light-skinned black male in his late twenties wearing a black hooded jacket and toboggan. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 336.373.1000.