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Stolen minivan led to gunfire in Raleigh parking lot

Posted August 11, 2014

— An effort to recover a stolen minivan early Saturday led to a chase and gunfire outside a Raleigh supermarket, police said.

A Chrysler Pacifica was stolen from a home on Paint Rock Lane, and the owner, Jamie Torres, ran into the street yelling and grabbed a door handle in a desperate attempt to stop the thief.

"She was holding on all the time. Of course, he put it in drive and started to go rather fast," a neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Monday. "She was attempting to stop it but there was no way she was going to. ... She was yelling and screaming at him. It was very vocal."

Investigators said Torres' boyfriend, Joseph Calvin Culverhouse, then forced her to chase after the minivan while he fired shots at the vehicle to stop it.

The chase ended in the parking lot of a Food Lion in the 3600 block of New Bern Avenue.

There, police found the bullet-riddled Pacifica, but the other vehicle involved in the shooting had already left the area.

No one was hurt in the shooting, but the shopping center was locked down for a short time while police investigated.

After tracing the ownership of the minivan to Torres, police arrested Culverhouse, 31, of 6921 Paint Rock Lane, on Sunday and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent kill, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors say Culverhouse has a long list of assault convictions from Texas.

The kidnapping charge stems from forcing Torres into the vehicle to chase down the minivan, police said.

Torres declined to comment Monday about the incident.

A judge in Wake County domestic violence court ordered Culverhouse to be held under a $400,000 bond.

Endrell Dwayne Oliver, 46, of 4061 Northstone Drive in Raleigh, was arrested Saturday and charged with stealing the Pacifica. He remains in jail under a $20,000 bond.

Police said Oliver, Culverhouse and Torres know each other.


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  • Classified Aug 12, 2014

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    I read it too. Not much to disagree with when you consider he's absolutely right.

  • sinenomine Aug 12, 2014

    I read your post, THE ANTI HANS. I disagree.

  • ALL4JEUSS Aug 12, 2014

    I live right around the corner. This explains the pops I heard on Saturday. It may be time to look into selling the house. A lot of renters moving in....not all are bad....but the atmosphere is changing.

  • Bill of Rights Aug 12, 2014

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    The suspect was also a convicted felon. Ergo, it was already a felony for him to be in possession of a firearm, much less using it. I suspect he won't see the outside of a prison for quite some time after pulling this stunt.

    This has _nothing_ to do with law-abiding citizens carrying and using firearms responsibly. I don't know a single marksman that "dreams" about chasing down a stolen vehicle and firing at will towards it. Lumping the rest of us in with this felon is disingenuous on your part.

  • Emperor Aug 12, 2014

    "Investigators said Torres' boyfriend, Joseph Calvin Culverhouse, then forced her to chase after the minivan while he fired shots at the vehicle to stop it."
    The way the story is written (I read it three times) it makes it sound as if the boyfriend forced the girlfriend to run after the car (chase the car on foot).
    Nowhere in the story does it say that Culverhouse forced Torres INTO ANOTHER CAR AND DRIVE THE CAR TO chase after the minivan (which was not a minivan).
    Whoever wrote, edited and/or approved this story to be posted as written, needs to go back to journalism school or at least learn how to write a story. Very poor journalism WRAL!

  • ptrrrk1 Aug 12, 2014

    Why am I not surprised…...

  • rickandlinda88 Aug 12, 2014

    crazy people;drugs and/or booze..adds up to stupid antics..just glad no one was killed.

  • Classified Aug 12, 2014

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    Hmmm…. Not quite sure what part you don’t get but this is “CONVICTED FELON” in possession of a (probably stolen) firearm. So who is it that loves their criminals? And if by “you guys” you’re implying that I’m a liberal you got that wrong too. SMH.

  • rocket Aug 12, 2014

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    The article states he was a convicted felon so I doubt he was licensed. And there's nothing in the article stating he was carrying. It's quite possible the gun was retrieved from inside the house. Your bias is showing.

  • John Murphy Aug 12, 2014
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    I'm sure he was properly licensed to carry. Where's the NRA at? They should be screaming about his 2nd amendment rights.