Busted: Best of the Blotter

by Amy Kingsley

Premature celebration

Greensboro police officers arrested two of the three men accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint early on the morning of June 4. Jamal Dollard, 18, and Dwayne Pringle, 22, and another man allegedly forced employees at a Great Stops on West Market Street to open a locked safe. After the subjects stole the cash from the safe, they swiped several cigars from the counter. The cigars and the money were recovered when police arrested the two suspects. The third suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall black man dressed gothically in black shorts, a black shirt and a black hat.

Turning the tables

Shemeka Gadberry, 22, critically injured William Anthony Miller, 20, during a struggle over a handgun on June 6 in Winston-Salem. Gadberry and Miller had been arguing on the 2700 block of Piedmont Circle at around 6 p.m. when Miller produced a handgun and a scuffle ensued. Miller was shot once in the upper chest and taken to Baptist Hospital with life threatening injuries. Police are investigating the incident, which was listed as an assault with a deadly weapon.

Sight unseen

Two bullets pierced an apartment door on Triangle Drive in Winston-Salem on June 4, striking the victim – a 20-year-old woman – twice in the abdomen and thigh. The shooting happened at approximately 11:20 p.m. The victim was taken to Baptist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Unnecessary roughness

A 46-year-old man was walking in the vicinity of 1000 N. Claremont Ave. in Winston-Salem when two suspects approached and proceeded to mug him. During the attack, which happened in the middle of the afternoon, the suspects struck the victim with their hands and fists and took his cash. The suspects also allegedly cut the victim with a knife while taking his money. The victim was transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Mean girls

An 80-year-old Greensboro man called police after midnight on June 6 to report that four black females wearing masks had robbed him. The attack happened on Fore Street. According to a press release, the man heard a knock at his door, answered it and was overpowered by the four assailants who flooded his home. The suspects assaulted the victim, took his cash, a rifle and a 2001 blue Chevy Impala. The victim received non-life threatening injuries. None of the suspects have been arrested.

Photographic memory

Witnesses to an armed robbery at a Papa John’s Pizza in Greensboro late on June 3 described the suspect as a black man, about 6-foot-3, between 210 and 220 pounds, with short dreadlocks, a large, muscular build, distinctive mole on the lower face, blue Cardinals hat, long-sleeve green shirt over an orange one, with blue jeans. A man fitting that description pointed a handgun at the manager of the store and demanded money. When the manager opened the cash register, the suspect leapt over the counter and grabbed the money. Before he left, he robbed the manager and another employee of their personal cash. He left in an older, dark-colored Acura.

Lingua franca

Two Hispanic men who’d just left La Hispanica on Meadowview Road in Greensboro were robbed on the afternoon of June 7. The suspects, three young Hispanic men, approached the victims, waved handguns and demanded their money and their car keys. They drove off in the victims’ 1999 Chevy Tahoe. The officers could not communicate with the Spanish-speaking victims, but the clerk told them the suspects had just been inside the store and spoke with a Salvadorian accent.