VIDEO: Durham police storm motel but murder suspect not there

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Multiple police officers surrounded a Durham motel searching for a murder suspect on Wednesday, but ultimately realized the man they wanted wasn’t there.

Police were involved in a standoff at Durham’s Carolina-Duke Motor Inn on Wednesday afternoon – and then suddenly Wednesday, the standoff ended without a word. The watch commander told WNCN that police were looking for a suspect in the August murder on Glenn Road in Durham County. In that event, 18-year-old Northern High School graduate Dymond Patrice Fowler was killed. Alexis Patterson, 17, suffered gunshot wounds to the face and wrist but played dead and survived.

Standoff at the Carolina-Duke motel in Durham on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (WNCN)
PHOTOS: Police surround motel in Durham

On Wednesday, both Durham Police and Durham County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene much of the day, beginning around 7 a.m.

An armored car was at the scene as well and bystanders watched the event unfolded. Police got a search warrant but, after a search, concluded the suspect they sought was not at the motel.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office was originally coming to serve a warrant and a standoff followed. Durham Police were originally assisting.

But around 2 p.m., the police left the scene and the police tape around the area was taken down.

Five people – Brittany Sharnell Lassiter, Dominique Faulkner, Jesus Arce, Quashaun Niajel Slade and Alezia Clay – already are facing first-degree murder charges in the case.

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