DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police have made eight arrests as part of a crime initiative to curb violent gun crimes in the city.
“We are still working closely with the community to reduce violent crime and we appreciate the assistance we have received,” said Interim Police Chief Larry Smith.
The Bull City saw 29 non-fatal shootings and seven fatal shootings from Dec. 13 to Jan. according to Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Between Jan. 7 and Jan. 31, Durham had 18 non-fatal shootings and one fatal shooting.That is a decrease of 47 percent.
“We’ve seen a pretty significant decrease in violent crime in the last 30 days. We think that has had an impact. We’ve made some pretty significant arrests. And we continue to work this special operation try to keep the pressure at the right places with the right people,” said Smith. “We continue to see a downward trend. We feel like we’re on the right path.”
The family of Alfredo Jobel knows all too well the devastating impact violent crime can have. This week marks two years since he was shot and killed in a drive-by near Park Avenue and Liberty Street. Jobel was 28 and had two children. His killer has not been caught.
His brother, who asked not to be identified out of concern for his safety, said he’s concerned about the relationship between people in the community and the police contributing the lack of tips coming forward about what happened. He says, “Everybody’s playing the hush. I see nothing. I hear nothing. I say nothing.”
On Tuesday, he posted fliers with his brother’s picture and information to contact Crime Stoppers. The number is (919) 683-1200.
The following eight people have been arrested as a result of this initiative:
1. Terence Deyon Foster, 33, was arrested on Jan. 5 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failure to appear on earlier charges and a parole violation.
Durham police said Foster was charged in connection with shooting a Dec. 22 drive-by shooting on Sima Street.
He was placed in Durham County Jail without bond on the parole violation and later transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.
2. Andre Dewayne Johnson, 27, was arrested on Jan. 6 after police recovered marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia while executing a search warrant on his home.
Johnson was out on bond from previous drug charges.
He was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official.
He was placed in Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond. His bond was later reduced to $100,000 and he was released from jail, police said.
3. Deshawn Bailey, 25, was arrested on Jan. 6 for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He posted a $1,500 bond.
4. Messiah Gattis, 23, was arrested on Jan. 7 after a standoff at an apartment on Junction Road. Gattis was wanted in connection with a Dec. 26 shooting in the 1400 block of Avondale Drive.
Gattis is charged with injury to property, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm from an enclosure, 10 counts of discharging a firearm within the city limits and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. He was released pending indictments.
5. Lamonte Colbert, 21, was arrested on Jan. 8 on outstanding common-law robbery, communicating threats and larceny charges.
He is charged in connection with the robbery of a man Dec. 19.He was placed in Durham County Jail under a $6,500 bond and remains in jail.
6. Michael Gill, 22, was arrested on Jan. 8 on an outstanding probation/parole violation.
He was placed in Durham County Jail under no bond and later transferred to the Polk Correctional Facility.
7. Najay Peace, 16, was arrested on Jan. 14 after officers attempted to stop Peace and another male on Wadesboro Street. The two jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Peace was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official.
He posted a $7,500 bond and got out of jail. Peace was arrested again on Jan. 15 and charged with felony larceny of a vehicle. He posted a $15,000 bond and is currently out of jail.
8. Keon Deloatch, 20, was arrested on Jan. 20 and charged with murder in the Jan. 4 shooting death of 37-year-old Latonya Denise Morris of Durham. Morris was shot as she was walking near the intersection of East Main Street and Elm Street.
Deloatch was placed in Durham County Jail with no bond.