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Wake Sheriff's Office Seeks 3 Suspects

Posted October 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Early Friday morning, passersby tried to help a man they thought had been hurt in a traffic accident along an isolated Wake County road. The man subsequently died, and the circumstances of his death are frustrating to Wake County Sheriff John Baker: one of three suspects being sought is a juvenile so Baker is barred from divulging who he is looking for.

Baker said the victim, 26-year-old Jason Powell, had been fatally shot. Law officers have two males in custody and are looking for three others. Survey Jordan, 22, and Demetri Spothard, 16, are being sought, along with a juvenile Baker is not allowed to identify.

Baker said it is not fair to Wake County citizens that young, vicious criminals are being sought and yet law officers can't alert the public to their identities.

Major Danny Bellamy of the sheriff's department described what occurred Friday morning.

Bellamy said it was a drug deal gone bad, with Powell winding up about half a mile from the site of the deal, on Old Stage Road in an isolated area near Garner. Officers said Powell was robbed of jewelry and other property before he was killed with a handgun.