Busted: Choice samplings from the Triad’s police blotters

by Amy Kingsley

Gold stars

The city of Winston-Salem began sharing stories of great police work last week – starting with the arrest of Charles William Lucas, 45, for housebreaking just after midnight on July 8. Cpl. JM Griffin and Officer D. Allen were on routine patrol on E. 14th St. when they spotted Lucas saddled with leaf blower, chain saw and hedge trimmer. While Cpl. Griffin interviewed Lucas, Officer Allen surveyed the surrounding area and located evidence of three nearby break-ins. The officers placed Lucas under arrest, charging him with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of housebreaking. He is being held under a $25,000 bond.

Two vs. Twenty

Greensboro police responded to a robbery and assault that happened at 1:25 a.m. on July 9 at the intersection of High Point and Immanuel roads. Mingan Pao, 37, and Quinghua Lu, 18, were approached by a group of about 20 young black males, according to a police press release. The assailants took Lu’s purse and laptop and assaulted Pao, who suffered cuts, bruises and a possible broken jaw. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Predators on the payroll

Guilford County sheriff’s deputies arrested three schoolteachers last week for soliciting sex with minors by computer. David Frank Pace, 68, of Hendersonville, was arrested in Buncombe County after chatting with Guilford County detectives posing as teenagers. Pace was employed at Henderson County Public Schools. David Brian Seus, 30, of High Point was arrested for one count of solicitation of a minor after an online chat with detectives. Seus is a teacher’s assistant at Western Guilford High School. Deputies also arrested Kevin Devahl Samuel, 46, of Jamestown for the same offense. Samuel works at the High School Ahead Academy in Greensboro, according to a press release.

Badge bluffers

Three suspects posing as police officers stormed an apartment in north Greensboro on July 11 and robbed its two inhabitants, accord

door and shouted “Police!” When he opened the door, three black men entered the apartment brandishing weapons. The suspects demanded money and drugs and left with a cell phone, DVD player, laptop computer, modem and 47-inch television. No one was injured.

Murder on Yarbrough

Winston-Salem police are searching for clues in the city’s eighth reported homicide of 2008. Officers responded to 3719-B Yarbrough Ave. on July 12 in response to a report of a deceased person. They found Ezequiel Bacilio, 42, unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The police department set up tip lines in English (336.727.2800) and Spanish (336.773.7700) and seeks anyone with information about the crime.

The John Daly bandit

Winston-Salem police arrested Leon Clarence Hundley on July 12 on suspicion of robbing the First Citizens Bank on University Parkway the day before. Hundley entered the bank wearing white shorts, a red golf shirt, flip-flops and a white visor cap with several days of stubble. He demanded money from a teller but did not display a weapon. He fled the scene in a cherry-red, full-size Ram pickup that was spotted by police the next day, leading to his arrest.