The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled by Eric Ginsburg
Officer Mensel shoots, kills robbery suspect
While officer Robert J. Mensel, 25, was pursuing robbery suspect Nathaniel James Coe on July 13, an “engagement ensued, resulting in the officer discharging his weapon and striking the subject,” according to police. Coe died an hour later at 8:30 p.m. after being transported to Moses Cone hospital. It is unclear how many times Mensel shot Coe. Police said Coe ignored attempts to pull his vehicle over before fleeing on foot. The vehicle matched the description for one used in a robbery at the Last Minute Mart on Haw River Road 13 minutes earlier. Mensel has been with the Greensboro police for three years.
Man ‘relieved’ of his moped
A man riding his moped near the intersection of Luray and West Florida streets said someone holding a silver revolver stopped him and “relieved him of his property” on July 12 around 10 p.m. according to a police report. The suspect fled through Smith Homes but could not be located by police. There were no injuries.
Best Western robbed by purple-hooded suspect
The night clerk at a Best Western on Northern Service Road in Greensboro told police that when he opened the door for someone asking to use the bathroom not long before 4 a.m. on Monday, someone else wearing a purple-hooded jacket barged in with a handgun. The suspect allegedly jumped over the counter, forced the clerk into the laundry room, and took an unknown amount of money. The investigation is ongoing
Man charged with breaking into seven businesses
A 44-year old man has been charged with breaking and entering at six Greensboro businesses on High Point Road, Randleman Road and Coliseum Boulevard. He was arrested earlier in the month and charged with breaking into a Food Lion on Groometown Road on July 2. Police said a subsequent investigation led to the additional charges. The suspect is in the Guilford County Jail.