by Jordan Green


The best and worst of Triad area blotters

Unwelcome guests

A couple with children found their apartment on Overland Heights in Greensboro invaded on the evening of Dec. 4. Police said two black male suspects wearing scarves over their faces came in through an open, unlocked door and struggled with the couple, resulting in the man of the house receiving a laceration. The invaders were reportedly unable to find any cash, so they fled out the front door in an older model Cougar automobile, firing two to three parting shots as they left. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

Booty call — not

Abdou Illa, 37, seems to have been consorting with the wrong kind of female when he took her phone call at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. The woman reportedly asked Illa to meet her at Chapel Watch Apartments in north Greensboro. According to police, when Illa arrived the woman asked him for a ride to an apartment at the back of the complex, and then got out of the vehicle and helped two black men rip off his cell phone, wallet and car keys. The three suspected robbers reportedly fled on foot and in two separate vehicles, but the police account does not make clear whether one of those belonged to Illa. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

Wanted man

Pedro Ismael Romero, 59, of Winston-Salem may have set some kind of record for prompting extraordinary cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies. Police said Romero was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder related to an investigation by the Fort Worth Police Department in Texas at 28th Street and Patterson Avenue in Winston-Salem on Dec. 2 by the Winston-Salem Police Department’s detective division and special enforcement team. The takedown was a coordinated effort between Winston-Salem police and the Fort Worth police, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service.

Storekeeper killed

Just after midnight on Sunday, Guilford County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at Taylor’s Store in Whitsett, and discovered that owner Bobby Lee Taylor, 69, was dead. A preliminary investigation determined Taylor was the victim of a homicide committed during a robbery. The sheriff’s office announced on Monday that the cause of death had been identified as a gunshot wound. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000. CrimeStoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

Shopping misadventure

Patricia Dana, 56, of Lexington, took her granddaughter and grandson to Hanes Mall on Dec. 3 to do some shopping. Dana left her grandson in the car, police said, and took her granddaughter inside a house on Carlton Drive in Winston-Salem to unload her recent acquisitions. Dana reportedly told the police that she saw a black male approach her and display a handgun, point the firearm at her, strike her twice in the head with it before reaching into the car to retrieve her pocketbook and leaving the area in a separate vehicle. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

Perils of pizza delivery

Pizza delivery drivers had a rough couple days in Greensboro last week. Drivers for Pizza Hut and Papa John’s were robbed on the evenings of Dec. 5 and 6, in both cases at about 10 p.m. Curtis Garza, 33, a driver for the Pizza Hut store on Randleman Road, attempted to deliver a pizza at an address on Ogden Street and returned to his vehicle to call the customer when a black male reportedly approached him claiming to be the person who ordered the pie. After the purported customer reached into his pocket and stated he had no money, a second black male reportedly appeared and struck Garza on the head. The two were said to have taken his cash and six pizzas. The following night 45-year-old Eugene Hall, a driver for Papa John’s, was leaving an apartment on Washington Street when he was confronted by an armed man, described as a black male in his early twenties, who took his cash and fled on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.