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Woman Fails to Elude Police After Jump From Second-Story Window

Posted March 30, 2007

— A Durham woman, who jumped out of a second-story window to escape from police, was later captured and charged in connection with the stabbing death of a man.

Connie Mincey Troutner, 41, of Salem Street, was arrested Friday after she tried to elude authorities at the Howard Johnson Inn on Hillandale Road.

Officers responded to a cardiac arrest call at a rooming house at 809 Park Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. on March 2. When they arrived, they found David Clifford Cates, who had been stabbed several times, in his room. Investigators believe Cates may have been dead for several days.

Investigators said Cates and Troutner knew each other and robbery was the motive. They also said that more than one person was involved.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Durham policer at 919-560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • watchdog Mar 31, 2007

    The best thing to do would be compare Durham to other cities that are its size, such as Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, etc. That way you can see how Durham stacks up with other cities that are similar in size/population.

  • Durham-Raleigh Mar 31, 2007

    "Durham should elect accountable, responsible, qualified officials, without regard to the color of their skin, or their affiliation with civil rights groups, or any other reason to believe they will benefit the "Black Community". Forget the color, and you'll improve the problem. Continue to cater to the black leadership, and the murders, drugs, and unemployment will continue."

    Um. What makes you think that what you're claiming above is the case?

    In the last election, two African-Americans were thrown out of the school board on their ears after creating disruptions. By and large, the city has a strong base of elected officials. There are black liberals and a black conservative on city council -- and white councilfolk who fall along the same lines.

    I certainly don't see 'catering' to black leadership in the city. Of course, I only live here. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing most people who criticize Durham don't.

  • independent_thinker Mar 30, 2007

    watchdog: I don't disagree. Ten sites give eleven different stats, depending on how they cut the data. Year over year comparison is likely less dependable than trend.

    I'm just trying to illustrate that our fears are often not justified. Who would think a walk in the Bronx might [depends on a lot of factors, to be sure...] be safer than a walk in Fayetteville?

    Most violent crime isn't random. If you're involved with the illegal drug trade, gangs, or are poor or a member of a minority group, you're more likely to be a victim.

    I've heard, but have no evidence, that some cities may under report statistics. Not hard to believe if the Police Chief or Mayor are looking to further their careers or have an election riding on a result.

  • watchdog Mar 30, 2007

    The problem with those statistics is that they are only from the FIRST six months of the year, not the entire year. I would base my stats off of an entire year's figures because who knows if the first six months of a year is an accurate picture for what the rest of the year will look like. Just a thought..

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  • gvmtcheese Mar 30, 2007

    Thatlwork, Thatlwrk!

  • watchdog Mar 30, 2007

    independent_thinker: Are you going from the 2006 Preliminary Uniform Crime Report? If not, what are you using?

  • independent_thinker Mar 30, 2007

    Watchdog: Taken from the FBI website: Charlotte's murder rate per 100k in 2006 was 41% higher than Durham's. That makes Charlotte's murder rate per 100k 66% higher than NYC's.

    According to the FBI, Raleigh's 2006 murder rate/100k was nearly 15% higher than Durham...

    Durham's murder rate per 100k in 06 was higher than NYC's. Fayetteville's rate is 168% higher than NYC.

    Sad statistics overall for the State. Interesting to see the gap between reality and BS. I'd bet most folks would think it's safer to be in Charlotte than Central Park. It's not...

  • mike honcho Mar 30, 2007

    it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a durham crackhead !

  • redwarrior Mar 30, 2007

    Nevermind the Rigor Mortis... Compressions!