'Armed, possibly dangerous' man arrested in Chapel Hill shooting
Posted December 16, 2011
Updated December 18, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Chapel Hill police have arrested a Durham man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 41-year-old man Sunday.
Officers arrested Mario Dante Ramsey, 26, at his home, 711 N. Duke St., Friday without incident. He is accused of killing Drew Christopher Frasure, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound inside his apartment at 119A Ashley Forest Drive around 12:20 a.m.
Ramsey denied bond and placed in the Orange County jail. His first court appearance was set for Monday.
Police described Ramsey as "armed and possibly dangerous" as they searched for him Friday.
In a 911 call released Tuesday, a woman visiting a friend who lives in a nearby apartment told a 911 dispatcher that Frasure had been shot in the face.
She said she saw three young white men wearing hats run out of the apartment and into the street.
"All of a sudden, they ran into the house. I heard a shot, and they all ran out," the caller said.
She said that Frasure knew the shooter.
Investigators have said that Frasure's death does not appear to be random but have not commented on a possible motive. They have not discussed the three young white men the caller reported seeing.
"Early in our investigation, Ramsey was identified as a possible suspect," said Sgt. Josh Mecimore. "It is worth noting that with this still being an ongoing investigation, there may be more charges as the investigation progresses."
Ramsey has past convictions for breaking-and-entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, according to state Department of Correction records.
Anyone with information about Frasure's death is asked to call police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and callers may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.