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Man arrested in attack on Self-Help founder

Posted January 14, 2009

— Police on Wednesday said they arrested a Durham man who had a cell phone belonging to a prominent businessman attacked in a parking garage.

Four men beat and robbed Martin Eakes, 54, co-founder of Self-Help Credit Union, on Nov. 24 in a city-owned garage on Corcoran Street. The men took his wallet and two cell phones, police said.

Harry Wayne Massey Jr., 28, was arrested Wednesday at an apartment on Commerce Street, police said.  He was wanted on a charge of felony possession of stolen property. Police have not brought any charges in connection with the assault.

The incident prompted the Durham Police Department to step up patrols downtown.

Self-Help has increased its reward to $5,000, on top of a Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call Durham police investigator A.C. Rogers at 919-560-4406, extension 270, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • findoutthefacts Jan 15, 2009

    Geez....some of you obviously have never heard of sarcasm!

    I really question a lot of GOLO posters mental abilities when they cannot tell the difference between an honest statement and a joke.

  • fundybasher Jan 15, 2009

    what Cam7002 said.

  • MadBiker Jan 15, 2009

    I smell probation...

  • cam7002 Jan 15, 2009

    Death Row, you are sick. You know absolutely nothing about Martin Eakes and what he "preaches". That you were one tenth the man that Eakes is, you might amount to something.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 15, 2009

    I don't see the problem. These young men were simply performing "Self-Help", exactly what the attackee preaches.

  • Timbo Jan 15, 2009

    It's Durham and nobody cares.

  • ty will belabor a point Jan 15, 2009

    Altruism pays?