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Bond doubled for Durham motel shooting suspect

Posted March 30, 2015

— A District Court judge on Monday doubled the bond for a Durham man suspected of shooting his girlfriend late Sunday, noting his violent past.

Mike Dwayne Brown, 33, surrendered to police at his home 111 N. Elizabeth St. at about 2 a.m. Monday, a little more than three hours after a shooting at a Comfort Inn near the intersection of N.C. Highways 54 and 55 in Durham.

A 27-year-old woman called 911 to report the shooting, saying she had been shot in her left side and possible in one of her arms.

"I cannot move. I cannot move," the woman, who was breathing heavily, told the 911 dispatcher when asked to get a clean cloth to stanch the bleeding.

She said her two children were asleep in the room, and she tried to wake her son so he could open the door for police and paramedics.

"Please, please, please," she said to the dispatcher, asking for help as quickly as possible.

Police said that, after the shooting, Brown went home and called police.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a weapon into occupied property, simple possession of marijuana and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present.

Durham County Assistant District Attorney Cindy Arevelo said in court Monday that Brown was convicted in 2001 and again in 2004 for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and that he had 10 failure to appear in court charges in other cases in recent years.

Judge Drew Marsh raised Brown's bond from $250,000 to $500,000 and ordered that, if he is released on bond, he stay away from the shooting victim and her two children.

The woman remains hospitalized in serious condition, but police said she is expected to survive.

Relatives are caring for the children, ages 4 and 7. Neither was hurt in the shooting.


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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Mar 31, 2015
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    Another case of a sad childhood, bad education, blah, blah. Looks like the system did not learn the first time he pulled this if the info is accurate. Now he shoots a woman and there is a possibility he could be out on bond. This is the crime, not the shooting. NO BOND, and the only visitors should be his lawyer.....society be warned.

  • Kenneth Brewer Mar 30, 2015
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    People thinking this guy will be incarcerated for a long time are in for a disappointment. Back in 2001 he assaulted a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and only got probation. He's done worse since and got little time. This is Durham County's version of law enforcement. I don't know if it's the black DA, judges or juries, but black criminals or rich white criminals in Durham County don't have to worry about punishment. Same deal as in Baltimore and Detroit. They are all sinking ships and the rats are jumping all over the adjoining counties.

  • Ginger Lynn Mar 30, 2015
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    Why do women surround themselves and their minor children around convicted felons???