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Chapel Hill Police Seek Information About Assaults

Posted July 3, 2003

— The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating seven reported assaults during June after making five arrests in three other assault cases.

All 10 cases were reported in the downtown area, though police say there are few similarities among the incidents.

In all the cases, police say, the suspects did not know the victims. Police say all the alleged assaults occurred outside, most occurred between midnight and 3 a.m., and half of them occurred on a Sunday.

Police say some of the incidents arose from verbal altercations, while others were unprovoked.

Police say the reported victims were either punched, hit with an object, kicked or stabbed. Several people suffered serious injuries.

As a result of the incidents, the Chapel Hill Police Department has changed personnel assignments -- affecting officers as well as civilian security monitors -- in the downtown area. Additional officers also will be working in the area.

Anyone with any information about these reported assaults is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at

968-2760

or Crime Stoppers at

226-CRIM(E).

All Crime Stoppers calls are confidential. Reward money is available for information that leads to an arrest.

Here is a list of the reported assaults:

  • 1.

    June 1, 1:23 a.m., 157 E. Rosemary St.

    The male victim was stabbed following a verbal altercation.

  • 2.

    June 1, 2:14 a.m., 110 W. Franklin St.

    Three males were assaulted. One was hit in the head with an object. The assailants were among a group of approximately 15 young men.

  • 3.

    June 8, 12:27 a.m., 216 N. Roberson St.

    The male victim was hit in the head with an object. One person was arrested.

  • 4.

    June 13, 2:20 a.m., 157 E. Rosemary St.

    Two people punched the male victim. One person was arrested.

  • 5.

    June 15, 12:04 a.m., 400 W. Franklin St.

    A man was hit in the face, causing him to lose a tooth.

  • 6.

    June 18, 2:31 a.m., 179 E. Franklin St.

    Two men were assaulted, suffering cuts that required stitches. Three men were arrested.

  • 7.

    June 18, 2 a.m., 607 W. Franklin St.

    The male victim was hit in the head with an object.

  • 8.

    June 27, 2:55 a.m., Intersection of Franklin at Columbia

    Three people reportedly assaulted the male victim. He was punched in the face, requiring medical treatment.

  • 9.

    June 27, 5:15 a.m., 133 W. Franklin St.

    The female victim was punched in the face and fell to the ground, then one of the three female assailants cut the victim's forehead. The three suspects are women.

  • 10.

    June 29, 2 a.m., 141 E. Rosemary St.

    The male victim was punched in the face, then kicked in the face and ribs. He suffered serious facial injuries.

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