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Police Probing Murder at Raleigh Flea Market

Posted March 25, 2007

— Police are investigating the apparent murder Sunday of a vendor at Watson’s Flea Market on Rock Quarry Road, a police spokesman said.

Police said Emergency Medical Services had received a call about a deceased man about 7:20 a.m.

Pablo Ambriz Ponce, 42, was a vendor at the market, which operates on weekends at 1436 Rock Quarry Road, police said.

Police said Ponce had apparently been shot during the night and was discovered by coworkers when they arrived Sunday morning.

Admission to the market was closed while police investigated.

Police asked anyone with information about the death contact them at 919-890-3555.

A state investigation into sales of fake goods at the flea market resulted in 23 people being arrested Jan. 27.

Investigators said they believe certain vendors had been in the habit of selling fake. Members of the recording industry and private corporations tipped off the North Carolina Secretary of State's office.

Undercover officers bought purses, shoes, clothes, CDs and DVDs that were impersonating goods by such vendors as Louis Vuitton, Nike and Coach. They targeted individual sellers.


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  • 2AMANDA2 Mar 26, 2007

    ctechic2004....well said.

    i grew up in south raleigh and, as an adult, have lived all over raleigh. every neighborhood is what you make it. there's crime everywhere, it's just not equally reported. if people take more pride in where they live it would make a big difference. meet your neighbors, you don't have to become best friends, just know who they are.

  • North Carolina Native Mar 26, 2007

    when the flea markets start blaring music in english from the loud speakers then i might consider a sunday afternoon stroll thru one... but i doubt it's happening.

  • North Carolina Native Mar 26, 2007

    nokidz must have a typo everyone knows washington DC is the armpit of the world.

  • tiggerjaw Mar 26, 2007

    WHY CAN'T WE ALL LIVE IN PEACE???????????????? I was born and raised in Raleigh and it's a great place. Unfortunately no one has respect for others lives anymore. What has happened to this world we live in? My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Ponce's family.

  • Get a clue Mar 26, 2007

    That's a shame and very senseless. Shut that place down. It's nothing but trouble, always has been and always will be.

  • ctechic2004 Mar 26, 2007

    Okay, first of all, a man was killed. It shouldn't matter about what happened there last month. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Another thing, people get killed everyday..Why not report the killings, robberies, assaults and the other crimes that happens every day in North Raleigh? Because it happened in South Raleigh then its news. I've lived in South Raleigh for over 40 years and I would not want to live anywhere else in Raleigh. So for all the ones that is so afraid to come to South Raleigh, all I can say is Don't come..who cares...

  • Angry Grrl Mar 25, 2007

    Oh please. There's bad parts of town in EVERY town. You know what? I've have *two* cars broken into, in broad daylight, in CHAPEL HILL. I'm skeeered to go there by myself now; I might get mugged or shot or raped, lawsy me!!

  • Brenda Mar 25, 2007

    Thank you so much for that commit, thatlwrk. I totaly agree with you. I work in Durham twice a month and scared that I might killed or robbed, you can forget about the police in in Durham, you can call them and it takes forevery for them to get there, we had some break ins up in durham 2 years ago and i'm still waiting for the police to show up. and don't me started with the people that live in Cary. They think that warning signs are an eyesore but one of these days those warning signs are going to save someones life.

  • Angry Grrl Mar 25, 2007

    LOL! Actually I was born and raised in Charlotte. There's not enough money in the world to pay me to live in Raleigh.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Mar 25, 2007

    NOKIDZ...You must be from one of two places....Durham ( because it IS the armpit of the south) or Cary (because they think their #%@&*#@ don't stink).

    Either case, We're better off in Raleigh.