Two armed men broke into a home in the YE Smith neighborhood of Durham Saturday night.
The men held 11 people at gunpoint in the home, located in the 1100 block of S. Hoover Road, and assaulted several of them before fleeing with cash and other items, according to a Durham Police Department statement.
DPD is seeking Durham resident Christopher Keith Cook, 33, in connection with the incident. He is charged with first-degree burglary, assault inflicting serious injury, several counts of second-degree kidnapping and several counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, the statement said.
According to North Carolina Department of Corrections records, Cook has a lengthy criminal record stretching back to 1992. He was released from prison in January 2009 after serving an 8 year sentence for several drug-related felonies.
Christopher Keith Cook - Durham Police Department
The second suspect has not yet been identified. He is described as a “light-complected black male in his late teens or early 20s with close-cut hair,” by the statement.
DPD asks that anyone with information about either suspect call CrimeStoppers at (919)-683-1200 or DPD Investigator A.M. Cristaldi at 560-4450, ext. 255.
A man was killed in a violent robbery in East Durham Sunday night, according to a Durham Police Department statement.
Jose Alfredo Gonzales Medrano, 29, was shot and fatally wounded during a home invasion around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment complex located at 219 South Alston Avenue, according to the statement. He died of his wounds late Sunday night.
Two other violent robberies that appear to be linked also occurred Sunday night, the statement said:
A short ceremony tomorrow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Eve Carson, who was then UNC student body president.
During the ceremony, to be held in The Pit, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp will speak about Carson’s role in the community. In addition, The Clef Hangers, a UNC a capella group, will perform James Taylor’s song Carolina in My Mind, which was one of Carson’s favorite songs.
“Tomorrow is going to be all about uplifting the campus and trying not to recreate the really somber mood we had last year,” said UNC sophomore Hogan Medlin, a member of the Service North Carolina committee who is acting as a spokesperson for the event. “We want to give students a way to channel their emotions to do something productive that Eve would be proud of and Eve would want us to do.”
The event will end with a request that students perform acts of service in Carson’s memory, Medlin said.
To help students find service projects that interest them and to track their work, Service NC has set up a Web site, he added.
Service NC usually encourages service in a single week of March, but this year it will encourage student volunteering throughout the month in Carson’s memory.
The idea of working to improve both the Chapel Hill community and the world has become Carson’s legacy at UNC. Carson’s passion for helping others was embodied in her response to the question “Why do you do what you do?” posed by a community art project.
Carson’s answer, written on her hand two days before she was murdered: “I want any excuse to work with my classmates (and help them do what they want to do… because that’s what I wanted to do.)”