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Wanted man charged in Durham shooting

Posted July 7, 2008

— Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man charged in a shooting on Sunday and other unrelated crimes in Durham County.

Investigators said Willis Reginald Hart Jr., 26, of 5319 Stanley Road, got into an argument with Harold Garner at 5416 Eno River Road around 5:30 p.m. Hart shot Garner in the right leg and fled the scene on foot.

Hart faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Hart is described as a black man standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He also goes by Lil Pep, Peppy or Reggie.

Deputies warned that Hart should be considered armed and dangerous.

A cash reward is offered for information leading to Hart's arrested. Anyone with information should call Detective Cpl. J.P. Helsius, with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, at 919-560-0880.

Hart is also wanted by the Durham Police Department and state Department of Correction for unrelated crimes in Durham County. DOC records show he is an absconder from parole.

Since 1999, Hart has been convicted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, common-law robbery and assault in Durham and Orange counties. He served 16 months in prison between 2004 and 2005.

He was most recently sentenced to probation for possession of drugs in November 2006.


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  • 68_polara Jul 9, 2008

    The same violent felons continue to commit the same violent crimes over and over again unabated by the revolving door of the criminal justice system. Justice doen't exist in Durham, it's basically up to you to protect yourself and loved ones. The only way change will occur is if we stop electing liberal judges like Orlando Hudson in Durham county, unfortunately that won't happen.

  • Durham-Raleigh Jul 7, 2008

    Ah, right, because Durham's really been the bottom of the crime barrel this year. Oh, wait, that would be the City of Oafs.

    Glad I don't live in Raleigh!

  • sillyone. Jul 7, 2008

    another of Durham's finest

  • edwar065 Jul 7, 2008

    The revolving door never seems to cease turning.

  • wonderif Jul 7, 2008

    another durham probationer who commits a crime w/ a gun. Way to go Durham! Really cleaning things up I see......