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Durham rape suspect arrested after standoff

Posted April 22, 2011

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— Durham officers used tear gas to flush a rape suspect out of a building after a one-hour standoff Friday morning, police said.

Investigators said they identified Cornelius Hubert Hunt as a suspect in an incident that occurred Thursday night.

When officers went to arrest him around 6 a.m. Friday, Hunt refused to come out of a building in the 1800 block of Guess Road, police said. Negotiators unsuccessfully tried to contact Hunt for about an hour, so officers flooded the building with tear gas. He then surrendered to police.

Guess Road was closed and nearby homes evacuated during the standoff. Police said residents have been allowed to return home.

Hunt was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. He was being processed at the Durham County jail.

Details of the circumstances surrounding the charges weren't released.

Hunt has 21 convictions dating from 1994, including attempted assault with a deadly weapon on an executive or legislative officer, three counts of assault on a female, common-law robbery and felony drug possession, according to state Department of Correction records.

He has served four jail sentences totaling more than three years and was most recently released in March 2010.

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  • blu-burd Apr 22, 2011

    Wada go Chief.

  • dmccoy Apr 22, 2011

    He is a a man who should never be allowed to walk the streets again the justice system fails us so much its sad very sad

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 22, 2011

    "Hunt has 21 convictions dating from 1994, including attempted assault with a deadly weapon on an executive or legislative officer, three counts of assault on a female, common-law robbery and felony drug possession, according to state Department of Correction records."

    21 convictions and is still walking our streets.

    Whatever happened to Three Strikes and You're Out that was suppose to get career criminals like him off our streets and keep innocents safe from becoming his prey again, and again, and again?

  • Wenchmaid Apr 22, 2011

    Hey, wral.com does listen, they fixed both the errors I caught!

  • robjustrob Apr 22, 2011

    Another Win-The-Future moment brought to you by the liberal side of justice. You see, the courts & criminals deal with a different moral currency than your average law-abiding citizen. I was once informed by an assistand DA that the longer an individual's rap sheet, the more bargaining power he/she has. You & I, if we commit our first crime, we're gonna get slammed because we don't have the kind of collateral that seasoned criminals accumulate like names of other perps, testimony to other crimes, places & times, drug connections, money, etc. That's right folks - it's time for Let's Make a Deal!

  • whatswrongwiththisplace Apr 22, 2011

    YOU CAN"T BE SERIOUS...THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT THIS MAN HAD PRIOR CONVICTIONS...when are we going to get it right and stop giving the second chance around here. America the land of second chance has done nothing but cause more problems. Sacrificing a few for the good of the whole seems to work with all of the other species on earth. Maybe we should take a page out of their book for once. Until this so called great land grows a pair and starts removing people permanently then I sadly don't think it is ever going to chance. Our young people are growing up in a world in which they fear absolutely nothing and that leads to more and more like this fine citizen mentioned above.

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 22, 2011

    How about a photo of the very prolific criminal WRAL???????

  • alx Apr 22, 2011

    he had 21 prior convictions and the justice system of our state thought it a good idea to let him out of prison??? i think the names of the judges which presided over his cases should be published along with their pics

  • wayneboyd Apr 22, 2011

    Now this guy would make a fantatic neighbor to live in a house between the DA and whatever liberal judge that keeps sending him back to our neighborhood.

  • ceverly Apr 22, 2011

    I agree with you, didisaythat!! That is the reason we have so much crime. These criminals know that nothing much will happen to them. There are really no consequences!!

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