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Authorities: Suspect In Durham Home Invasion Is Mastermind Of Tri-State Drug Ring

Posted July 30, 2003

— Durham police say they have the triggerman in one of the city's most violent crimes.

Members of the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force arrested Dennis Lamont Hargrove at an apartment in DeKalb County, Ga. Tuesday evening. A federal warrant for his arrest had been issued weeks ago.

Hargrove's arrest comes 10 days after he was featured on the national crime program, "America's Most Wanted." Detectives say an anonymous tip led them to Hargrove.

Hargrove, also known as Chuck Hargrove, Dennis Venable and Chuckie Venable, is charged with killing 23-year-old Colette Nicole Moss. He is also charged with wounding a 2-year-old girl, a 14-year-old female and a 22-year-old woman.

Durham police believe Dennis Hargrove, his cousin, Brian Keith Hargrove, and two other men entered a home at 110 E. Markham Ave., Apt. 2, and shot the women at close range just after 11 p.m. on June 25. The four females were shot at close range.

Special Agent in Charge Theodore Jackson of the Atlanta Division of the FBI said Dennis Hargrove is thought to be the mastermind of a violent tri-state drug ring involving North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

He said Dennis Hargrove, Brian Keith Hargrove and two unidentified men went to the Markham Avenue home and asked for a man they believed lived there. When Moss answered the door and told Dennis Hargrove that the man was not there, Dennis Hargrove forced his way into the house and began firing a handgun. Moss was shot in the head and killed. The 2-year-old and 14-year-old were shot and suffered critical injuries.

Jackson said the 22-year-old victim was shot in the back as she tried to escape. He said one of the assailants then stood over her and shot her several more times. She also survived the shooting.

On July 9, police in Norfolk, Va. arrested Brian Keith Hargrove while he was attending a domestic violence course as part of a previous conviction. Hargrove, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., is charged with murder. He waived extradition back to Durham.

Dennis Hargrove, 27, of Clarksville, Va., remains in the DeKalb County Jail. He waived extradition Wednesday and will be returned to Durham where he is charged with one count of murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and inflicting serious injury.

"We are very pleased and relieved that Dennis Hargrove is in custody," said Durham Police Chief Steven W. Chalmers. "We have received tremendous assistance from all local, state and federal agencies we contacted and from the community. This type of partnership and collaboration resulted in this arrest.

"Our investigators worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful resolution. I am proud of their work and commitment," the chief said.

The FBI said at the time of his arrest, Dennis Hargrove was also wanted in Virginia for drug trafficking and an assault in which he reportedly slit a man's throat.

The FBI is acting as a liasion on Hargrove's extradition to Durham. The FBI and the US Marshall's office will be responsible for turning him over to the Durham Police Department, which could happen within a day or two.


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