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Patrols increased near Wake Forest neighborhood after stabbing

Posted February 2, 2009
Updated February 3, 2009

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— Wake Forest police are stepping up patrols along a walking path after a teenager was stabbed.

On Jan. 26, officers said, a man approached a 15-year-old boy while he was running along a wooded trail near the Heritage Wake Forest neighborhood. The man demanded money and then stabbed the teen, police said.

The wound was not life-threatening, they said.

"I think they definitely should patrol the area a little more often so that there is an awareness that there are a few more police cars driving through our neighborhood. It’s safe in general, (and) I think it is just one of those strange incidents that happen,” said Johanna Miller, a Heritage homeowner.

Residents received an update on the investigation at a homeowners association meeting Monday night. Police said they are following up on leads, but haven't made any arrests.

The attacker wore dirty blue jeans and a navy blue hoodie sweatshirt, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.


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  • rtpengineer2 Feb 3, 2009

    If they would ban guns and regulate bullet sales this sort of thing wouldn't happen, right?


  • DStormRat91 Feb 3, 2009

    This is not about the attacker’s race. This is about the fact that an attack took place. We're not as safe as we think we are. The important concept to take from this story is to be cognizant of your surroundings and don't take your personal safety for granted regardless of the neighborhood you live. It’s everyone personal responsibility to take their own safety precautions. It doesn't matter how many more patrols the police run; attacks are going to happen. Learn to defend yourself and your family. The average street encounter takes less than 45 seconds. There are excellent police officers in the Triangle area that can’t respond that fast.

    As for the attacked and the family of the attacked, my thoughts are with you.

  • fundybasher Feb 3, 2009

    "That was a pretty unfair assesment there cat976. The article didnt say anything about what the kid looked like, just what he was wearing."

    Agreed, but why DIDN'T the article mention his race? It's probably not PC or something, but to me that just seems very basic - whether the guy is black, white, hispanic or asian. I mean, if the guy is still on the loose, and you want the public's help in finding him, is it not just basic to include the race in the description.

  • hywilson Feb 3, 2009

    That was a pretty unfair assesment there cat976. The article didnt say anything about what the kid looked like, just what he was wearing. There are plenty of crazy, mean WHITE people in Heritage. In fact just up the street from Heritage is Wakefield and Raleigh and WF PD have a horrible time with WHITE gangs in and at Wakefield. SO lets not assume the stabber was black...

  • farm Feb 3, 2009

    I thought the same thing cat.
    Blue jeans, blue hoodie,
    Why would they give a description of what he was wearing days after the attack?
    Wonder if he had blue eyes?