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Durham Police Arrest 4 Teens, Search For Another After Early-Morning Chase

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DURHAM, N.C. — Four Durham teens were arrested after fleeing from police Sunday morning, and officers are searching for a fifth suspect.

Officers responded to a drive-by shooting call at 6:27 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of University Drive and Old Chapel Hill Road. The victim told 911 telecommunicators that five males in a green Ford Focus were shooting at him.

The vehicle matched the description of a car that had been used in several armed robberies in recent weeks.

A few minutes later, Cpl. G.H. Price Jr. spotted a green Ford Focus occupied by five males in the 2800 block of Chapel Hill Road and tried to stop it. The driver refused to stop and sped up, beginning a chase.

Officers chased the vehicle on Anderson Street to West Main Street. As the driver tried to turn right onto Main Street, the car hit the curb and became disabled.

All five occupants jumped out and ran.

Officers caught three suspects within a few minutes, and a Durham police K-9 tracked down a fourth suspect. The fifth suspect got away.

Durham Police Officer M.T. Butler suffered a broken hand while apprehending one of the suspects and was treated at local hospital.

Officers said they searched the Ford Focus, which had been reported stolen, and found a loaded .380-caliber handgun and a loaded 9mm assault rifle.

Investigators questioned the four suspects -- Jamal Sinclair, 17, of 819 Exum Street, Asnaldo Aldama, 18, of 6341 Monterrey Creek Drive, Seth Frazier, 16, of 810 Yancey Street, and a 15-year-old juvenile -- Sunday morning at police headquarters.

Sinclair, Aldama and Frazier were charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. Sinclair also was charged with several traffic offenses.

The juvenile was released to his parent, and further charges are pending against him.

Investigators still are looking for the fifth suspect -- identified as Demario "Scooter" Williams -- who is described as a short, heavyset black male with a light complexion.

Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts is asked to call the Durham Police Department's criminal investigations division at


or CrimeStoppers at


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