Local News

Chapel Hill carjacking suspects caught

Posted August 28, 2012
Updated August 29, 2012

— Two Durham men have been charged in connection with a carjacking that happened in Chapel Hill, police said Tuesday.

Marcus Dontae Carpenter, 21, of Holloway Street, and Mark Troy Smith, 19, of North Duke Street, were charged with one count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, common law robbery and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Chapel Hill police. The charges are all felonies.

Police said the carjacking happened about 4:20 p.m. Monday on Gristmill Lane. A victim was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not provide further details about the incident.

The suspects were each held in the Orange County jail under a $20,000 secured bond.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • torchhappysean Aug 29, 2012

    If the local, state and federal goverments would ease restrictions on law abiding citizens carrying firearms and offer free training with those firearms, incidents like this would quickly become something that was only talked about in history classes...

  • unc70 Aug 28, 2012

    In Chapel Hill, we are not trained to be victims. Far from it. And when someone does prey upon one of our residents or visitors, the Chapel Hill police almost always find and arrest those responsible. Those arrested should not expect any special leniency from "liberal" courts, either. While many in Chapel Hill oppose the death sentence, you should assume that the DA is not one of them.

    Notice how quickly the Chapel Hill Police responded in this particular case, how quickly the suspects were apprehended. I happened to be traveling near that area when police swarmed to close off routes in all directions, etc.

  • Uhavenoclu Aug 28, 2012

    Those of you putting down and bashing Durham,let's see where you have not visited and do not want to work?...Southpoint mall.....New hope Commons shopping area,many well to doers shop there.RTP,wow I would not like to work there they are a bunch of crooks there since they are in Durham....Oh and you stepfords in Cary Durham is closer to you then anywhere else...And some of the richest homes are just south of Southpoint in Durham off of 751....Looks like you are stuck in your fear shell since no matter where you go you have to set foot in Durham.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Aug 28, 2012

    If I were to commit crime I'd go to Chapel Hill to do it.
    In Durham, people might have guns and use them. Chapel Hill, haha... a community TRAINED to be victims.

    I'm certain that you WOULD come to Chapel Hill. After all, affluence is what attracts petty thieves and crooks. Why would you stay in Durham to commit a crime? Far too much competition from other crooks there and not really anything there that anyone wants to steal.
    But if I wanted to be MURDERED, I'd drive immediately to Durham. Know why it's called the city of Medicine? Because of all the cuttings and bullet wounds they have to stitch up!

  • Thought Criminal WS Aug 28, 2012

    If I were to commit crime I'd go to Chapel Hill to do it.

    In Durham, people might have guns and use them.
    Chapel Hill, haha... a community TRAINED to be victims.

  • Inter Alios Aug 28, 2012

    A $20,000 bond? I would make it at least $100,000!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 28, 2012

    I'm guessing they needed get a way car for later.

  • washington_irving Aug 28, 2012

    I'm sure that they just came from a disadvantaged background...

  • ims1924 Aug 28, 2012

    Maybe the government should start giving cars to all the people that receive medicaid, food stamps, assistance with rent and checks each time they have a baby. They would have no reason to steal a car then. Thank you Lyndon Johnson for your GREAT SOCIETY.

  • aetius476 Aug 28, 2012

    Thanks Durham. Y'all are such good neighbors....