The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled | by Jeff Sykes

FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE Greensboro police arrested a Russian

immigrant Tuesday at Sen. Kay Hagan’s office on Green Valley Road.

That’s where authorities say 60-year old Yakov Mamut, whose last address was on Lees Chapel Road, was Tuesday morning for a pre-scheduled appointment to assist him with an issue. Police said Mamut was using a language interpretation phone line to communicate with staff and became frustrated.

The translator determined Mamut stated “I have nothing to lose. I might as well shoot someone.” Office employees then dialed 911.

Police arrived and took Mamut into custody just after 11 a.m. He was charged with communicating threats and also banned from the senator’s offices.

HOTEL ATTACK RESULTS IN DEATH A 27-year old man died Monday in

Greensboro after being attacked in the parking lot of a hotel on High Point Road.

Police said that Antonio Jerresse Harden, who had no permanent address, was shot about 4 p.m. In the parking lot of the Red Carpet Inn on Isler Street. Police arrived to find the victim suffering from an undetermined wound. Harden was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

GPD interviewed people on scene who may have knowledge about the incident, but no suspects had been identified as of press time.

Police said the motive for the killing is unclear. An autopsy later determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.


Winston-Salem police arrested three kidnappers in the parking lot of a local fitness club when they arrived to exchange their captive for what they thought would be a payoff.

Instead, authorities arrested two men and a woman in the parking lot in the 2600 block of Peters Creek Parkway.

The victim, whose name is being withheld by police, notified his father that he was being held in lieu of payment for an outstanding debt. The father agreed to the meeting but police were able to identify the captors as they pulled into the parking lot.

Police determined that the victim had been beaten numerous times throughout the day “due to an outstanding debt.” The crime began in Davidson County, police said. !