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Durham police standoff ends with arrest

Posted July 26, 2011

— A Durham man was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a standoff with officers at the McDougald Terrace housing complex on Wabash Street, police said.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers responding to a domestic disturbance call discovered that a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun assaulted his ex-girlfriend and was making threats inside her apartment in Building 32 of the complex.

The man was later identified as 37-year-old Demarcus Minter, police said.

Nine children, ranging in age from 4 months to 16 years old, were inside the home at the time. Minter is the father of some of the children, police said.

The woman, who suffered minor injuries, and children made it out of the apartment safely after officers arrived, but Minter refused to leave, police said.

Police evacuated nearby buildings and SWAT officers stationed themselves around the complex.

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"In any situation where we have a subject (who) is barricaded or a hostage situation, certain safety for the public is our No. 1 priority, as well as safety for our officers responding to the scene," said Lt. Patrice Vickers of the Durham Police Department.

Hostage negotiators were on scene, but couldn't make contact with Minter, police said. After telling him via loudspeaker to leave the building through the back door, SWAT officers fired several rounds of tear gas into the apartment shortly after noon.

When Minter had not surrendered more than an hour later, officers stormed the building and took him into custody. He was in a neighboring apartment, police said.

Minter was charged with 10 counts of second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, breaking and entering, assault on a female and communicating threats.

According to Department of Correction records, Minter absconded from probation following a 2008 conviction for felony breaking and entering and larceny. He also has a prior assault on a female conviction from 2003.


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  • 1 awesome Dad Jul 28, 2011

    Martin Lawrence has a twin brother.

  • renaissance7330 Jul 27, 2011

    Okay seriously, enough,,,I was born and raised and educated in Durham. I have lived in raleigh. And the only violent run in I have ever had was in Raleigh, Not south Raleigh, but good ole North Raleigh..it was not domestic either, this guy was running up and trying to rob people in the parking lot (and he was not from durham).... This story is sad but this was a domestic issue...

    I notice that the media does not report the same. There was a issue the other night in Raleigh and police would not release any information. Nothing else has been said...if it is the smallest thing, durham gets front page....

    Drama and Violence sells so that is what the media reports...don't believe everything you read...it all boils down to economics and politics. The majority of RTP is in Durham County not Wake (realtors hate that so they tell people rtp is it's own island and durham is horrible)now people are all in huff driving into the park everyday....Also Durham has always had a very strong and vocal

  • btneast Jul 27, 2011

    Seems people want to tie a reputation to Durham. People hear and see what they want. I live in Durham and have never had a problem.

    Durham's bad rep is much deeper than just the crime being reported today, and it goes back many years. Durham is a much better place than it was in the past, it's headed in the right direction, but it has a long, long way to go. Once you get a bad reputation, its hard to shake. Those of you who have lived here less than 20 years really can't understand it....and if you have only been here just a few years, you really have no clue. There is a lot more to Durham than Duke, American Tobacco Campus, DPAC and the handful of really cool restaurants.....

  • Hammerhead Jul 27, 2011

    "LOL...if only it were not true. If it were a string it would break every week with all the crime in that hole."

    Thanks for making my point for me.

  • Bartmeister Jul 27, 2011

    fuzzmon = Here are your stats for Raleigh compared to Durham for the following crime offenses.

    *Includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. A negative score (in parentheses) indicates a
    composite crime number below the national rate, a positive number is above the national rate

    1 St. Louis, MO 381.62

    117 Durham, NC 66.68

    236 Raleigh, NC (1.43)

    Durham is ranked 117 in the US for violent crime, Raleigh ranked 236, but below the national average. The per capita numbers are similar, don't have time today to pull them, but have seen them in the past. Might ought to research before making statements. This is no secrete, has been this way for years. No ragging on Durham, but you can't say Raleigh is the same as Durham in crime and be serious..........

  • Bartmeister Jul 27, 2011

    ncouterbanks, you would have to remove Wake County too. In fact, Wake has more per capita crime than Durham. = fuzzmom

    Sorry fuzzmom, that is absolutely NOT the case at all. Google violent crime rates, Durham is well above Raleigh on violent crime and well higher than the national average per capita. Surprisingly, Durham is below Winston Salem in those stats.

  • me2you Jul 27, 2011

    agree with others...he'll be out soon and doing worse.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 27, 2011

    "Creative. You sound like a broken record. Do you have a pull string like a talking doll that only has one recorded sentence?"

    LOL...if only it were not true. If it were a string it would break every week with all the crime in that hole.

  • autismawareness Jul 27, 2011

    he'll be out soon and we'll be hearing about him again.

  • Wendellcatlover Jul 27, 2011

    This sounds like such an upstanding citizen!!! Put him in jail where he belongs. Durham and the surrounding area will be much better off without him running loose.