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  • Common Sense Man Jan 15, 7:43 p.m.

    "Chapel Hills crimes never make the news or are recorded differently, welfarequeen. Police reported a Robbery but arrested the man for Larceny. BIG difference."

    He snatched a phone out of her hand. The charge is felony larceny from the person, so they charged him correctly. The charge listed on the incident report was also larceny from person. Saying "robbery" was probably someone trying to use the best word to describe the incident.

  • johnny2times Jan 15, 6:32 p.m.

    how do you people get so far off topic?? lol.

    Click to view my profile Wags
    January 15, 2013 5:07 p.m

    I agree 100%....because their emotions get involved....its funny to watch anyway....

  • neverindoubt Jan 15, 5:53 p.m.

    aetius476...I totally agree with your assessment but will add the makings of this problem have been in the works for years. The town converted the old police station(Rosemary and Airport, just behind Four Corners) to a homeless shelter about 20 years ago. The homeless can sleep there but aren't allowed inside during the day. Too many bleeding hearts. The Town Council has fined business owners whose downtown shops are not rented? really? that's the way to be pro-business. Don't you think the business owners want to rent their spaces? These people are so far out of touch! Grew up there and choose to live in Cary, with lots of other CH natives. Wouldn't move back for anything.

  • editor nc Jan 15, 5:51 p.m.

    Chapel Hills crimes never make the news or are recorded differently, welfarequeen.
    Police reported a Robbery but arrested the man for Larceny. BIG difference.
    Chapel Hill has had how many murders in the past year? No suspects on one, but no danger to the public?
    Many of thr drunks on Franklin St are NEVER arrested, they are dropped off by police at UNC Hospital. Hence, NOT a crime stat.

    This is a city of opportunity for all the criminals.

  • Wags Jan 15, 5:07 p.m.

    how do you people get so far off topic?? lol.

  • aetius476 Jan 15, 4:55 p.m.

    "We took our daughter to Four Corners for a Sunday lunch recently. Right outside were several winos drinking from paper sacks. In several hours of being there, we didn't see any Chapel Hill Police at all." - k4rlcc

    I live in CH and work downtown, and can confirm what you are saying. The situation with the street people has gotten worse.

    Drunks and panhandlers litter Franklin Street, and aggressively solicit and harrass.

    Apparently the cops have been told to go easy, because they just seem to look on with amusement. Probably why crime is increasiong lately.

    Our current mayor is a pro-criminal liberal attorney and has made the problem much worse.

  • Rebelyell Jan 15, 4:52 p.m.

    mug shot's on chapel hill news dot com

  • smcallah Jan 15, 4:38 p.m.

    However, you can do a "citizen's" arrest if a LEO directs you to do so if he or she requires the assistance.

  • smcallah Jan 15, 4:36 p.m.

    "I was told when I took my concealed carry class that NC has no provission for citizen's arrest, and that by detaining someone, you are opening yourself up to litigation if they aren't convicted, and somnetimes, even if they are. Any police or lawyers want to weigh in?"

    That is correct you cannot arrest anyone as a citizen.

    But you can detain, according to NC General Statute § 15A‑404. Detention of offenders by private persons.

    It applies here, as called out in the statute: (4) A crime involving theft or destruction of property.

    And the length of detention is until an LEO detains him instead of you or there is no crime determined.

    Since this is in the law, there should be no way you can be sued for that, unless you used unreasonable force to detain.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 15, 4:34 p.m.

    "Man,17 year olds can rob and kill but cannot have sex,funny mentality law we people have"

    A 17 year old can't have sex with someone >4 years younger than them, but they can have sex. And the age of consent is 16 by the way.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 15, 4:31 p.m.

    "There is no way a arrest today resulted in his being on the court calender for today,the court system does not work that way."

    It's called first appearance. So...there is a way.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 15, 4:30 p.m.

    "I was told when I took my concealed carry class that NC has no provission for citizen's arrest, and that by detaining someone, you are opening yourself up to litigation if they aren't convicted, and somnetimes, even if they are. Any police or lawyers want to weigh in?"

    It's not technically labeled "citizen's arrest," but you can detain someone in certain circumstances.
    http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_15A/GS_15A-404.html

  • k4rlcc Jan 15, 4:29 p.m.

    Isn't the Chapel Hill Town Council and citizens worried abt all the crime around Franklin Street? We took our daughter to Four Corners for a Sunday lunch recently. Right outside were several winos drinking from paper sacks. In several hours of being there, we didn't see any Chapel Hill Police at all.

  • lb27608 Jan 15, 4:19 p.m.

    "There is no way a arrest today resulted in his being on the court calender for today,the court system does not work that way."

    It's in the booking record. Read it for yourself:

    http://www.co.orange.nc.us/sheriff/jailcustodyreport/daily_in_custody_report.pdf

  • southerntalent Jan 15, 4:09 p.m.

    Mr Brown actually had a pm date in the orange county court today for a similar offence" - southerntalent

    No, Mr. Brown has a court date today for THIS offense.

    There is no way a arrest today resulted in his being on the court calender for today,the court system does not work that way.

  • jenakids2007 Jan 15, 3:31 p.m.

    the town would rather spend money on public art and indoor pools than pay their police a decent wage

  • BE Jan 15, 3:24 p.m.

    "Passers-by helped a catch" WRAL needs someone who can proof read their web page. I think it should be "and" rather than "a". At any rate, great job to catch a theif!

  • carrboroyouth Jan 15, 3:15 p.m.

    I hope this sends a message to other criminals. University Square seems to have been in several strong-arm robberies lately.

  • westernwake1 Jan 15, 3:14 p.m.

    "Huh? Crime in Chapel Hill is the lowest in the Triangle. You must be an editor that works in FICTION" - welfarequeen

    I think you need to pull up the crime statistics and compare Chapel Hill to Cary.

  • lb27608 Jan 15, 2:57 p.m.

    "Crime in Chapel Hill is the lowest in the Triangle."

    Crime in Chapel Hill is low, but not the lowest in the Triangle. Crime rates in Cary, for example, are lower across the board.

  • ConcernedNCC Jan 15, 2:45 p.m.

    I was told when I took my concealed carry class that NC has no provission for citizen's arrest, and that by detaining someone, you are opening yourself up to litigation if they aren't convicted, and somnetimes, even if they are. Any police or lawyers want to weigh in?

  • lb27608 Jan 15, 2:38 p.m.

    "Mr Brown actually had a pm date in the orange county court today for a similar offence" - southerntalent

    No, Mr. Brown has a court date today for THIS offense.

  • jdpridg Jan 15, 2:33 p.m.

    Huh? Crime in Chapel Hill is the lowest in the Triangle. You must be an editor that works in FICTION.

    That's like saying Greensboro is safer than Chicago and Detroit. Clearly everyone in Chapel Hill is SOOO enlightened. No way possible is there EVER any crime there. Who's the one living in fiction?

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 15, 2:18 p.m.

    So in many words let us do our job.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 15, 2:14 p.m.

    Man,17 year olds can rob and kill but cannot have sex,funny mentality law we people have

  • missys11 Jan 15, 2:08 p.m.

    I say trip them.. on TV people get out of the way when a cop is chasing a suspect. I always wondered why they don't trip them? Criminals need to realize that we citizens need to work together to keep the world safe. Way to go people!!!!

  • baldchip Jan 15, 2:04 p.m.

    Those citizens responded exactly the way they should have-tackle him, and secure him until police arrive. I agree-that's a good way to get shot as well!

    However, this kid was just stupid. Now, he will pay a hefty price for his stupidity!!

  • 75Tarheel Jan 15, 2:00 p.m.

    Guess we don't need to see his mug shot do we? And why not?

  • southerntalent Jan 15, 1:55 p.m.

    Mr Brown actually had a pm date in the orange county court today for a similar offence

  • southerntalent Jan 15, 1:51 p.m.

    Well,what do you know

    Mr Brown already is familiar with the system http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars.Offense.do?submit=submit&case=6702013050141&court=CR

  • podtalk Jan 15, 1:51 p.m.

    Remember, when seconds count the police are minutes away.

  • welfarequeen Jan 15, 1:44 p.m.

    This is not a peaceful safe town. its full of crime, just hidden. editor nc

    Huh? Crime in Chapel Hill is the lowest in the Triangle. You must be an editor that works in FICTION.

  • editor nc Jan 15, 1:16 p.m.

    I agree with "thinkin out loud" and that 911 is a joke, here in Chapel Hill anyway. I am suprised this made the news, Unlike the woman who was robbed on the greenway near the college last week. This is not a peaceful safe town. its full of crime, just hidden.

  • thinkin out loud Jan 15, 12:36 p.m.

    This is exactly how society is suppose to be. Police are not "first responders". They respond after a crime has been committed or sometimes while it is being committed. Too many people "don't wont to get involved" when they are the ones that should be responding to the threat. There are far more citizens than there are police. Arm everyone and the criminals are outnumbered! Just sayin ya know.

  • wu Jan 15, 12:24 p.m.

    911 is a joke

  • justjean Jan 15, 12:17 p.m.

    Yeah, because calling 911 will get someone there right away....

  • paddie Jan 15, 11:54 a.m.

    Good job!!!!

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