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Two Arrested for String of Vance County Robberies

Press Release- June 13, 2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, members of the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division arrested two individuals on armed robbery related charges.

Samika Renee Whitfield, 40, 349 Stagecoach Road, Henderson was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Whitfield was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a $60,000 secured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on June 26, 2017. 

Alfred Perry, 56, 1524 E. Andrews Avenue, Henderson was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Perry was also placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a $60,000 secured bond.

He also has a preliminary hearing in Vance County District Court on June 26, 2017.

Charges is this matter arrived after an investigation revealed that these two were alleged to have robbed the Dollar General Store located at 718 Raleigh Road on June 3, 2017, The Dollar General located at 1670 N. Garnett Street on June 8, 2017, and the Family Dollar Store located at 112 Raleigh Road on June 9, 2017.

There were no injuries reported during the robbery incidents.

Vance County Superior Court Session Results in Significant Prison Sentences

Henderson, NCDistrict Attorney Michael Waters, together with Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller worked through a criminal calendar consisting of cases brought by both the Henderson Police Department and the Vance County Sheriffs Office during a week-long session of Vance County Superior Court which began May 8, 2017, where Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha presided.

Travis Kingsberry received an active prison sentence of Life without Parole in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC) at the end of a week-long trial where jurors found Kingsberry guilty of First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. The case against Kingsberry stemmed from the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston on Adams Street in Henderson, NC, and was investigated by detectives and patrol officers of the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Jemel Bullock, a co-defendant of Mr. Kingsberry, received an active prison sentence of 96 to 125 months in the DAC as a result of his plea of guilty to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Darius Benson, also a co-defendant of Bullock and Kingsberry, was sentenced, pursuant to his plea of guilty, to Voluntary Manslaughter and received an active prison sentence of 71 to 95 months in the DAC. Benson received a mitigated sentence as a result of agreement to testify on behalf of the State against others involved in the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston.

The fourth and final co-defendant of Bullock, Benson and Kingsberry, Alan Gibson, was found guilty of First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury by a jury at the end of a trial that began on March 21, 2017. Gibson also received an active prison sentence of Life without Parole in the DAC.

Michael Waters

Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers Partners with Anderson Software

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

For more information, please contact:
Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers
Phone: 252-492-1925 

New technology optimizes the tip submission experience and effectiveness.

Henderson, NC – The Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers are proud to announce that they have recently partnered with the Texas-based company, Anderson Software, to provide a more seamless and efficient way for students and community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows the community to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community.

Tips were previously accepted via phone call only. However, The Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers will now be accepting tips by phone, the web, and by way of the new, free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process. Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video, and documents to be uploaded with the tip. Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters. 

Even without the app, there is still an easy and secure option for submitting tips from any PC or mobile browser by going to p3tips.com. Of course, tips are still welcomed through calling our hotline at 252-492-1925. Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in real-time chat/two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.

Marcus Barrow, The City of Henderson’s Chief of Police, said, “I believe P3 will be a great way for law enforcement to connect with the citizens in a way we never have before. I am thrilled that we have taken this huge leap in trying to keep pace with technology.”

The Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers feel that utilizing Anderson Software’s P3 Tips program will enhance communications with the public, thereby building a safer and more trusting community in which everyone prospers. To further show our value of tipsters’ contribution to the community, tips leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Henderson Resident Pleads Guilty to Murder of his Father

Henderson, NC— A session of Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court was held during the week of May 8, 2017. The Honorable Michael O’Foghludha, Superior Court Judge, presided over the session.

Willie McAffee, III pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and Second Degree Arson in the 2015 death of his father, Willie McAffee, Jr.

Mr. McAffee received an active sentence of 270 to 336 months in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC). He was also ordered to continue mental health treatment while in custody.

This case was prepared for trial by Assistant District Attorney Onica F. Fuller, and investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Captain Bullock of the Vance County Sheriffs Office under the direction of Sheriff Peter White.

Michael Waters

Henderson Resident Shot and Killed on Nicholas Street Last Night

Press Release- May 7, 2017

On Saturday May 6, 2017, at 10:18 p.m. members of the Henderson Police Department responded to the 800 block of Nicholas Street in reference to someone being shot. Upon arrival, officers located Mardell Wendell Wynn, 29, with a gunshot wound. Vance County EMS responded to the scene and pronounced Wynn deceased. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to assisting with the investigation.

If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow​

Henderson PD Crime of the Month: Hendersonian Suffers Gunshot Wound Inside Residence

Press Release: April 4, 2017

On March 12, 2017 at approximately 9:33 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 250 Keene Street in reference to a shooting into a residence. Upon arrival officers that Jacqueline Terry had sustained injuries resulting from a gunshot to the leg. There were also four other individuals inside the residence at the time of the shooting whom did not report any injuries. Terry was transported to a local medical facility to receive further treatment for her injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Numerous Guilty Pleas Surface from Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court last week

HENDERSON, NC  — A session of Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court was held during the week of March 20, 2017, and Judge Michael O’Foghludha presided over the session. The Office of District Attorney Michael D. Waters was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller.

Several pleas were taken during the morning of March 20, 2017. Kyshaun Norrell pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and received a 62 to 87 month active sentence in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC).

Jimmy Kelly pleaded guilty to Possession of Burglary Tools and Attempted Breaking and Entering and received an 8 to 17 month active sentence in the DAC.

Maurio Solomon pleaded guilty to Felony Fleeing to Elude and Assault with a Deadly Weapon and received a 15 to 27 month active sentence in the DAC.

Crystal Tuck pleaded guilty to Misdemeanor Larceny and received a 120 day active sentence in the DAC.

Percell Richardson pleaded guilty to Possession of Firearm by Felon and received a 12 to 24 month active sentence which was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation.

Larry Ayscue pleaded guilty to Manufacturing Marijuana and received a 10 to 21 month active sentence which was suspended for 24 months of supervised probation.

Demario Henderson pleaded guilty to Possession of Heroin, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling, Misdemeanor Fleeing to Elude, and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and received a 5 to 15 month active sentence which was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation.

On Tuesday afternoon, March 21, 2017, the State began the trial of State vs. Alan Gibson for the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston in Henderson, NC. Mr. Gibson was found guilty of First Degree Murder and received a sentence of life in prison. Mr. Gibson was also found guilty of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury in which he received a 38 to 55 month active sentence. These two sentences were consolidated. He was also found guilty of First Degree Burglary. This case was prepared for trial by Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller, and was investigated by Detective Allen Simmons and officers with the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Michael Waters

HPD Crime of the Month: Bullet Hole Found in Rear Window of Parked Car

Press Release: March 1, 2017

On February 27, 2017 at approximately 8:45 AM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 84 Ranes Drive in reference to property damage to a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Kelly Puryear who stated that she found a bullet hole in the rear window of her vehicle.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Multiple Trials Resolved in Vance County – Office of the DA

Henderson, NC – Jurors in Vance County Superior Court found Antwon Burt guilty of Battery on an Unborn Child and Simple Assault after hearing one day of testimony. Officers with the Henderson Police Department testified about their 2016 investigation of the defendant. Mr. Burt was sentenced to 210 days in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC). That sentence was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation by Judge Henry W. Hight, Jr. Mr. Burt was represented by Deborah Leigh Holtzman and Adam Mincher.

In the second jury trial of the week long session of Superior Court in Vance County, Melvin McDonald was found guilty by a Vance County jury of Resisting a Public Officer and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Judge Hight sentenced McDonald to an active sentence of 17 to 30 months in the DAC. McDonald was on probation at the time he was charged by officers with the Henderson Police Department. Judge Hight revoked McDonald’s probationary sentence as well. The defendant was represented by Scott Hamilton.

Maurice Manning plead guilty to Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. Judge Hight sentenced Manning to a 16 to 29 month sentence that was suspended for 24 months of supervised probation to begin after the defendant had served a portion of his sentence in jail. Detective B. Logue with the Henderson Police Department investigated the case. Mr. Manning was represented by Nick Bagshawe.

Peter Lagattuta plead guilty to Felony Possession of Cocaine. Judge Hight sentenced Lagattuta to a 6 to 17 month sentence that was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation. Officer J. Henderson with the Henderson Police Department charged the defendant. Mr. Lagattuta was represented by J. Paul Stainback.

Arthur Henderson was found guilty of Driving While Impaired and Carrying a Concealed Gun after entering a plea of no contest. Mr. Henderson was given a 60 day sentence that was suspended for 12 months of supervised probation in each of his cases. B. Yarborough who was formerly with the Henderson Police Department charged Mr. Henderson with the gun charge, while Trooper J. Harrah with the NC State Highway Patrol charged Mr. Henderson with Driving While Impaired. The defendant was represented by Michael F. Rogers.

Jonathan Dailey plead guilty to Assault on a Female and was given a 75 day sentence that was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation. J. Aiken with the Vance County Sheriffs Office was the complainant. Defendant was represented by Deborah Leigh Holtzman.

Stanley Bullock, Jr. plead guilty to misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny. Mr. Bullock was given a 45 day sentence that was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation by Judge Hight. Detective J. Jones with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The defendant was represented by Dorothy Lewis.

HPD Crime of the Month: Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle

Press Release: February 1, 2017

On January 25, 2017 at approximately 9:21 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 518 Hickory Street in reference to a shooting into an occupied vehicle. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Jessica Howard who stated that while at the intersection of Lehman Street and Old Epsom Road a confrontation occurred that resulted in a handgun being fired into the windshield of her vehicle. There were no reported injuries resulting from the gun shot.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow