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Durham Authorities Identify Suspect In Home Invasion Case

Posted April 22, 2003

— Durham authorities have identified the suspect in a home invasion case that left an elderly man injured.

Police say Jason O'Neil Brown forcibly entered 74-year-old Daniel Peaks home on Cheviot Avenue in Durham Monday morning. Police say Brown cut the phone lines and used them to tie up Peaks. Brown then allegedly robbed Peaks and stabbed him several times.

Authorities say despite being stabbed, Peaks was able to get to Linda Cromartie's house, and she called 911.

"He was very shook up, and he was very afraid," she said.

Neighbors say they were shocked to hear the news about the attack.

"This is a shock to me. It's really a shock. He seemed to be a nice man," resident Lila Richardson said.

Authorities did find a red T-shirt near the crime scene that they believe Brown was wearing.

Brown is described as a 21-year-old black male, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Brown also has a criminal record.

Anyone with any information about Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact Durham CrimeStoppers at

(919) 683-1200



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