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Durham police officer charged with extortion

Posted February 2, 2010
Updated February 3, 2010

— A Durham police officer has been charged with breaking and entering and extortion.

Wake County sheriff's deputies arrested Stephen Patrick Commander Jr., 31, of 3621 Ashton Glen Lane in Oxford, on Friday in connection with a November home break-in in Wake Forest. He is also accused of threatening the homeowners.

Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael confirmed Tuesday that Commander is an officer but did not provide any other details.

According to an arrest warrant, Commander "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously" broke into a residence and did "threaten and communicate a threat."

Commander is out of jail on a $3,000 secured bond.


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  • jjbswartz Feb 4, 2010

    Exactly! Witnesses could very well be lying. Before we ruin this police officers life maybe we should wait to hear what happened. False accusations will ruin this guys life.

  • Lead by Example Feb 3, 2010

    Regarding the arrest of Commander, it is possible that he's innocent. Although I hope that the Wake County D.A. (or any law enforcement agency) wouldn't charge him without proof beyond a reasonable doubt. For this type of crime it may be that the victims/witnesses are lying, and that the case relies completely on their testimony, but there may be other evidence as well that has helped lead to his arrest.

    I only hope that the truth comes out in the end. If he's falsely accused then he deserves exoneration, if guilty then a felony conviction.

  • Marc3939 Feb 3, 2010

    "I would LOVE to see WRAL list the occupation of EVERY person arrested. Every doctor, lawyer, plumber, fast food cashier" - Phoenix68

    Are you serious? A police officer's job deals with the law and arresting people who break it. I could care less if a suspected criminal is a baker or plumber. When a LEO decides to break the law, it should be in the news.

  • GETOUT Feb 3, 2010

    To everyone who thinks that that bond was to low, let's look at this scenario that is experienced everyday by officers. A guy is arrested for the 15th, no let's say 20th time for selling weed, crack, heroin, meth or whatever else to kids, mothers, fathers, whoever. This same individual has a decent amount of the said illegal narcotics on him when he is arrested and let's throw in a gun as well and he only gets a $3500-5000 bond. Terrible set of rules we have to live by but it is what it is! It happens everyday! Some bonds are set by the offense and the subjects past history that committed the offense (which is the way it should be). Then their are times when the magistrate just doesn't care, its all up to them and which side of the bed they woke up on that day...

  • Redneck Fun Feb 3, 2010

    This is just ridiculous!! First let me say IF he is guilty I hope they throw the book at him!! Second, let me say if he is innocent I hope you all think about how stupid you have acted. I am sure though if he is found guilty many will still say "it was a cover up again!!"
    I'm so sick of the cop bashing on GOLO!!! For that matter 99% of the stories about crime get some of the most ignorant comments that could be made!! People just love to take absolutely no facts and put in ALL KINDS of opinions. Maybe one day you all will grow up and act like you have some sense, but I'm not holding my breath until then!!

    BTW: I will still be out there putting my b utt on the line for you and your family can be safe. I personally don't care what you think of me, because I love being able to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and I enjoy keeping all of you as safe as I can from the rif-raft on the streets.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Feb 3, 2010

    nerdlywehunt I've got a solution, don't drive in Cary. I don't and I'm a much better person for it.

  • nerdlywehunt Feb 3, 2010

    Some of the comments like "just because his picture is in the paper doesn't prove guilt" hold true just like driving while black is NOT a crime, although a good friend who is black, was driving in Cary and was stopped because the inspection sticker ran out in August of 09.....well I reminded the "officer" that the date was May of 09.....He mumbled something under his breath and tossed back the license and registration to my "driving while black" friend and left the scene!!!!! Double standards abound in the Blue line....

  • pirate71 Feb 3, 2010

    No, I agree with you Swartz! Durham has some fine officers, and has lost some fine officers. But even when one has died in the line of duty this forum has accused the dead of misconduct. Walking through a front door that has recently been kicked in, Driving top speed with lights and sirens to stop an active shooter or putting yourself inbetween two lovers scorn to avoid assault. The police put themselves in harms way every day. Someone accuses an officer of misconduct and the lynch mob is ready for some justice. It is sad. The people that risk their lives to protect us are the most heavily scrutinized. They have lives other than work. They experience the same turmoils and tribulations that the rest of us experience. Their dogs die, they fight with their spouse, their kids get bad grades and their neighbors look to them for advise. Sometimes mistakes are made, but to badger a respected police officer over alligations is ridiculous.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Feb 3, 2010

    What's he looking at? Hahaha. Geez Louise

    Uh, he probably dropped the soap.

  • jjbswartz Feb 3, 2010

    Someone wrote that he didn't look innocent and my comment was that just because his name was in the paper does not prove guilt. Let's get all the facts, not just an accusation, before we assume that a good cop did something wrong.