Durham police charge teen suspect in American Tobacco Trail assaults

From staff reportsJune 24, 2014 

— Durham police have arrested a teenager they think was involved in assaults and robberies on the American Tobacco Trail earlier this month.

Police have charged Justin Sturn, 17, of Durham with simple assault, common-law robbery and felony conspiracy.

They think that on June 5 Sturn punched a bicyclist who was riding south on the trail from Otis Street toward Fayetteville Street. Police say the suspect in that incident did not say or take anything.

The following day, a man and a woman were walking northeast on the trail behind Hillside High School when four teens asked to borrow the man’s cellphone. He said no, and the teens jumped on him, assaulted him, and stole his book bag with his cellphone and iPod, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the incidents to call Investigator J. Locklear at 919-560-4415, ext. 29309, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

The Durham Police Department continues to monitor the American Tobacco Trail and advises trail users with the following safety and crime prevention tips:

• Call 911 to report any suspicious activity

• Be aware of your surroundings at all times

• Walk in well-lit areas that are not isolated

• If you are being followed, get away fast, change directions, and head toward a safe location

 

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