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One arrested, two sought after search puts school in lockdown

Posted November 21, 2008

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— Police arrested one man in a home invasion after a search that forced a Durham elementary school to be locked down Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said that Eushun O'Neal Jackson, 20, of Abercromby Drive, was one of three gunmen who kicked in the door of a woman's apartment along Courtney Creek Boulevard around noon. The woman escaped by jumping off a balcony.

Witnesses told police that the gunmen fled in a gold Dodge Durango. Master Police Officer M.W. Long spotted the vehicle and stopped it at University Drive and Dixon Road.

Long arrested Jackson, but the other occupants fled on foot. Officers searched the area for more than an hour, but the men escaped.

During the search, Hope Valley Elementary School was placed on lockdown until about 2 p.m. No disruptions were reported at the school.

Jackson was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking-and-entering, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the home invasion or the other robbers was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Jackson was sentenced to probation for drug charges in September, according to Department of Correction records. He served 42 days in jail for larceny over $1,000 in 2007 and was also convicted of misdemeanor breaking-and-entering and larceny in 2006.

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  • Ol Forrester Nov 21, 2008

    Did you notice that his bond is less than the teenage chicken dinner scammer got? Even after felon in possession of a gun. So sad.

  • Bulldog22 Nov 21, 2008

    hereandnow- your theory makes way to much sense for any government official to even consider.
    How dare we actually reform a broken system, just keep pouring water into a pail with a hole in it.

  • Ryu Nov 21, 2008

    What's wrong with the system?

    1) Incarceration is expensive. It costs more than $20,000 a year per inmate. Furthermore, the correction system suffers from chronic employee shortages and high turnover.

    2) Everyone seems to want more prisons--except NIMBY. Where would you put them, then?

    3) We can design any system we want. This is what has been chosen. If we don't like it, it needs to be changed. How many have written their respective representatives or senators to encourage the reforms that are required?

    "We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
    --Thomas Paine

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 21, 2008

    People are paroled because the jails are full...of people who did drugs.

    If we legalized, taxed and regulated drugs as we do with alcohol and tobacco, there'd be less need for people to commit crimes and more room in jails for violent offenders like these guys. (And more $ to the State) It's time to revisit laws that punish people for more merely using and possessing a naturally growing weed - especially when it earns a similar sentence to that of violent crime like this.

    Whatchathink? :-)

  • cameragirl Nov 21, 2008

    Our justice system keeps putting them back on the streets with little to no punishment. What's wrong with these people. Do we have to have another Eve Carson situation before they do something?

  • b4self Nov 21, 2008

    probation again yea right. He'll probably be out again in a week , what is wrong with this system????????

  • twc Nov 21, 2008

    Probation does not work after the first time!!! Hello?!?!?!?!?!?