by Jordan Green

Homicide by arson

William Ransom Hobbs Jr., 56, who was a beloved member of the Walker Avenue bar community, died in a house fire in Greensboro’s Aycock neighborhood on the morning of Sept. 13. Police said the fire was intentionally set, and classified Hobbs’ death as a homicide. Greensboro firefighters reportedly responded to the fire at 9 a.m. that morning and found Hobbs and another person, 36-year old Deborah Anne Moy, suffering from severe burns. Moy was transported to Moses Cone Hospital and later to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Got to have that steak

A suspect described as a black man with a slim build and a beard entered the Comfort Inn in Winston-Salem on Sept. 19 and asked the clerk for change for a dollar, police reported. A press release states that the man displayed a handgun and demanded money when the clerk opened the register, and reached in and helped himself to an unknown amount of cash before running toward the Outback Steakhouse on Hanes Mall Boulevard. No one was reported injured.

Trans woman held and assaulted

Greensboro police reported that an 18-year-old transgendered woman experienced a brutal ordeal over a 14-hour period that began at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 when she agreed follow a man back to his apartment on Broad Avenue. The woman reported that her host immediately began to assault and sodomize her, and threatened her with a gun. The woman was reportedly held captive at the apartment, and repeatedly assaulted through the day and into the night. At about 3 a.m. the following morning the woman said she managed to escape through a window as her kidnapper rummaged through her car. She was trans ported to Moses Cone Hospital and treated for injuries, and police reportedly located the suspect at the apartment.

When your own vehicle becomes a weapon against you

Roger Dale Cheek was reportedly in the parking lot of Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro at 2:58 p.m. on Sept. 15 when Michela Antoinette Capel, 17, and Christopher Chisholm, 16, allegedly carjacked him at gunpoint and ran him over. Greensboro robbery detectives reportedly located Cheek’s vehicle on Greenbriar Road shortly after wards. Police said the Capel and Chisholm were located and charged with armed robbery. Despite being run over by his own vehicle, police reported that Cheek was not seriously injured.