THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS
Crimes against Christmas
On Dec. 19, the Greensboro Police Department announced it had recovered 33 bells out of a total of 48 stolen from the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. Police arrested Marion Corvona Jackson, 46, whose listed residence is the Beloved Community Center hospitality house on Arlington Street, and charged him with the theft of the bells.
Phantom black rapist
A woman whose name was withheld by authorities told Winston-Salem police that she was sitting outside the West Campus of Forsyth Tech on Nov. 24 when a black man came up behind her and placed what she believed was a gun to her head, forced her into a black Nissan pickup, and drove her to Bolton Park, where she was sexually assaulted. Since that time Winston-Salem police detectives have concluded through interviews with the victim that she was neither kidnapped at Forsyth Technor sexually assaulted at Bolton Park. As reported by the police, what actually occurred was that the woman voluntarily traveled from campus with an acquaintance to a residence, where she was sexually assaulted by the occupant after her acquaintance left. Police said the case was closed at the request of the victim, who asked that they not conduct any further investigation.
On Dec. 14, another woman whose name was withheld by the authority, said she was walking in the park near Oak Street and Northwest Boulevard in Winston-Salem, when she was struck in the head by an unknown object and pushed to the ground by a black man in his thirties wearing dark, baggy clothing and a black toboggan. The suspect reportedly sexually assaulted the victim, and left the area on foot in an unknown direction, and police said the woman was treated at Forsyth Medical Center. Police ask anyone with information to call the Winston-Salem Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.
Elder abuse in High Point
Asked to assist EMS, Guilford County sheriff’s deputies reportedly found 72-year-old Julia Rhodes lying on the bathroom floor and suffering from serious injuries at her home on Mariondale Drive in High
Point on Dec. 14. Police said Rhodes’ injuries were not consistent with a fall, as originally reported, but rather with trauma associated with serious physical assault. Carlos Ferdinand Olan, 37, of High Point, was arrested for attempted first-degree murder.
Taken for a ride
Ramon Medina, 44, said told police that he was followed out of El Paraiso, a bar on High Point Road in Greensboro, by three Hispanics — two men and a woman — on Dec. 20. Medina said the three forced him into a white Chevrolet Tahoe and drove him to an unknown location on West Vandalia Road, where they beat him and stole his cash and jacket. After escaping, Medina reportedly ran to a convenience store on Groometown Road and called the police. He was transported by ambulance to Moses Cone hospital and treated for his injuries. Police ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.