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Woman Fails to Elude Police After Jump From Second-Story Window

Posted March 30, 2007 3:12 p.m. EDT


— A Durham woman, who jumped out of a second-story window to escape from police, was later captured and charged in connection with the stabbing death of a man.

Connie Mincey Troutner, 41, of Salem Street, was arrested Friday after she tried to elude authorities at the Howard Johnson Inn on Hillandale Road.

Officers responded to a cardiac arrest call at a rooming house at 809 Park Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. on March 2. When they arrived, they found David Clifford Cates, who had been stabbed several times, in his room. Investigators believe Cates may have been dead for several days.

Investigators said Cates and Troutner knew each other and robbery was the motive. They also said that more than one person was involved.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Durham policer at 919-560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.