by Jeff Sykes

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled

Police in Greensboro are investigating an attempted robbery during which a homeowner was shot in the neck. It all went down in the 1800 block of Hudgins Drive where the victim, a 67-year old man, said he heard a knock at his door. Upon answering, he observed an unknown man say “this is a robbery.” The victim quickly shut the door, but moments later heard a gunshot and felt a pain in his neck. EMS responded and transported the man to a local hospital for minor injuries. Officers from the Southern Patrol Division responded, supported by K9, CID and CSI elements.


A motorcyclist has died in Winston-Salem following a crash on the city’s south side. Police reported that Pedro Octavio Martinez, 26, of 3260 Zuider Zee Dr. Apt. I, was riding his 2002 Honda motorcycle south on Brewer Road just after 8:30 a.m. on Monday. He had driven only a few blocks south when a vehicle turned in front of his path at Ethel Drive. Authorities reported that a 2005 Honda Accord driven by Lori Wyatt made a left turn onto Ethel Drive “at which time the vehicles collided in the intersection.” Authorities transported Martinez to Baptist Hospital where he later died of his injuries. Police said that neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in the collision. Brewer Road was closed for about two hours during the investigation, which has not yielded charges as of press time.


Police in Winston-Salem cleared an armed robbery case from a few weeks back after the bandits were captured following a chase that ended in Kernersville. The last incident began in High Point when two men robbed a Dollar Tree on Thursday. Police chased the robbers as they fled Eastchester Drive in a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The pursuit ended in a crash on I-40 near NC 66 in Kernersville. Winston-Salem police connected the men to a scary robbery on Aug. 24. That’s when two men armed with guns held up a Food Lion on Waughtown Street. Both robberies occurred before 9 a.m.

Police charged Lord Shahki Allah Black, 21, and Marquis Rayshun Humphrey, 20, both of Greensboro with robbery with a dangerous weapon. !