Crime briefs

Crime briefs, June 29

June 27, 2014 

Teen charged with attacks on trail

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

Woman indicted in 2012 killing

A woman already serving time in the state prison for women in Raleigh was indicted Monday on charges that she murdered a Durham man in 2012.

Crystal Brandi Fox is accused of killing Donald Watson Sr. at his home at 4424 Regis Ave. on July 9, 2012. An autopsy determined that Watson, 74, died from a beating to the head and had several cuts to his face and scalp.

Fox, 41, was convicted in January 2013 of possessing or distributing materials to make methamphetamine. She was sentenced to a minimum of 1 year 7 months in prison.

Authorities have not said what led them to seek Monday’s grand jury indictment against Fox. Durham police say their investigation of Watson’s death is not complete.

Man charged in Monday stabbing

A man was stabbed in the neck during an argument Monday night on South Roxboro Street, and police charged a second man with assault with intent to kill.

Robert Earl Terry, 52, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail Tuesday in the incident, which was reported about 10:30 p.m.

The injured man was taken to a hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Brian Reitz said officers found Terry nearby and detained him for questioning. He was arrested after witnesses told police he was the one they had seen with the weapon.

Terry gave police a home address in the area where the incident happened, at 2586 S. Roxboro St., Reitz said.

The formal charge against Terry was assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

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