Police: 4 lured Cary teen with drug buy, but planned robbery

Catherine Burdick-Crow

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Court records reveal what may have happened the night a Cary teenager died following a drug deal.

Cary Police said 16-year-old Katherine Burdick-Crow, a student at Green Hope High School, died from injuries she sustained after falling from a pick-up truck after a drug deal and robbery. It happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday near the Lawrence Road entrance to the Walnut Street Park.

Over the weekend, police charged Jourdan Chanquion Mack, 20; Beth Strange, 18; Abijah James Masse, 17; and Joshua Odell Simmons, 17, with first-degree murder.

In a new affidavit that explains probable cause, Cary Police investigators said they believe Burdick-Crow intended to sell marijuana to the four, along with another Panther Creek High School student, but was robbed of her drugs in the process.

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According to the affidavit, 17-year-old Luke Eason, a friend of Burdick-Crow, witnessed her chasing after the suspects and then jumping on to a 2003 Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was being driven by Simmons down Lawrence Road.

The affidavit also claims Mack confessed to police that he and Strange robbed Burdick-Crow. Simmons confessed to driving the truck and punching Burdick-Crow during a fight, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Masse told police he arranged to meet with Burdick-Crow to arrange purchase of marijuana, but that the group intended to rob her. According to the affidavit, Mack and Strange robbed Burdick-Crow of her marijuana and then ran away as Burdick-Crow chased after them.

Mack and Strange then hopped into the pick-up that Simmons was driving, with Burdick-Crow chasing behind, the affidavit said. That’s when, the affidavit claims, Burdick-Crow jumped onto the step rail of the moving truck and attempted to stop Simmons by reaching into the open driver’s side window. The affidavit said Simmons admitted driving the truck and admitted punching Burdick-Crow in the face and head with a closed fist two to three times.

Burdick-Crow fell from the truck, the affidavit said, as Simmons accelerated.

Cary Police executed a search warrant of that truck, where they swabbed for DNA and took finger prints.

All four suspects are being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bond.

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