by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad area police blotters, as compiled by Jordan Green

Man found dead at residence

Winston-Salem police officers found Cirilo Avila, 35, dead at a residence on Pepper Court at 9:19 p.m. at Dec. 16. A second man was taken to Baptist Hospital and treated for an apparent gunshot wound. The second man was considered to be in serious but stable condition. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 336.727.2800 or the Spanish line at 336.728.3904. This is Winston- Salem’s 16 th homicide.

Family tied up, thieves take empty gas can

Ernesto Santillan and Ricarda Barrientos were in the rear bedroom with three children at a residence on Arlington Street in Greensboro on Dec. 16 when three unknown men came in. The three, described as black men wearing black clothing and black shoes, reportedly tied the family up and told them to be quiet.

At least two of the men reportedly had handguns. Police said intruders assaulted the family and obtained cash, an empty gas can and two cell phones. The family was able to untie themselves and call for help. They reportedly received minor injuries, but refused medical treatment.

Man found dead after apparent robbery

Responding to a complaint at a Streamside Drive address in McLeansville at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, Guilford County deputies found 76-year-old Charles Herman Brown Sr. dead and surmised that the place had been robbed. Detectives with the sheriff’s office are investigating the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.