by Jeff Sykes

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Greensboro police responded Monday to a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank located at 3001 Randleman Road. Police were dispatched to the facility immediately after Guilford Metro 911 received a call at 1:04 p.m.

Witnesses state that a man entered the building, fired one shot from a handgun into the ceiling and then demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the sole robber fled on foot in a southerly direction on Randleman Road.

Patrol officers in marked cars, detectives in unmarked cars, and K9 searched the area for a black male last seen wearing a gray hoodie, white bandana and black pants.

No one was hurt in the incident. The FBI responded to the scene to assist investigators.


Deputies responded to 1603 East Fairfield Road on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at approximately 12:37 p.m., in High Point in reference to an attempted robbery and shooting of an individual at his residence. Upon arrival they found the victim, Vann Lee Yates, 57, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was transported to High Point Regional Hospital and later to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.


On Friday morning a female victim was jogging in the area of Runnymeade Road and Springdale Avenue when she noticed a man standing in the bushes. After the victim passed, she was grabbed from behind and tackled to the ground by the suspect. The suspect was not wearing anything below the waist. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to break free and flee. The suspect was last seen running north on Springdale Ave. and entering a small black vehicle. No additional suspect or vehicle information was available. The victim was not injured during this incident.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is asking residents and runners in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area. !