Local News

Police Surround Home, Hispanic Crime Suspect...

Posted November 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— An eight hour stand-off at a Durham apartment complex came to a peaceful end Monday night, after officers and SWAT team members captured the last of five suspects wanted in connection with crimes targeting the Hispanic community in the Bull City.

Eric Lamont Perry ,18, faces 32 charges, including rape, robbery, and breaking and entering. Officers received a tip Monday that Perry was inside a third floor apartment between Jackson and West Chapel Hill Streets.

Going on that information, more than two dozen officers roped off the area around 1:00 p.m. It was shortly after 8:00 p.m. that Perry was taken out of the apartment in a noisy raid by SWAT officials.

Using tear gas and low-powered grenades, officers made their entrance into the apartment. Perry was found hiding inside the attic. He was taken away from the scene, unarmed and without incident, covered in insulation.

Police said Perry did not live in the apartment where he was found. He is expected in court Tuesday.

Perry is the last of five young men to be arrested in connection with the rash of crimes. Police arrested 22-year-old Romone Miles and Taqiyy Coley early Halloween day. They're each charged with 18 counts of burglary with a deadly weapon, and 18 counts of kidnapping.

James Daye turned himself in November 3rd. Two days later, Chris Thompson turned himself in to police. All five of the suspects are being held in the Durham County jail.

Reporter: Len Besthoff