FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Durham, N.C. (May 28, 2020) --- As a direct result of coordinated warrant service of suspects, street enforcement and informational checkpoints, deputies from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Crime and Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigations Division and Warrant Squad conducted a Sheriff's Office Targeted Enforcement event or STEP,yesterday (Wednesday, May 27, 2020) in and around the northern Durham City limits/Old Oxford Area. This most recent operation resulted in eight (8) arrests. Six were related to outstanding warrants and two led to weapons being seized following traffic stops.
“We started STEP in August 2019 to seek out individuals suspected of drug, gun violence and gang-related activity in Durham County,” said Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead. “This most recent crime-fighting effort was carried out in direct response to community complaints about gun violence in both the County and City of Durham. Deputies and officers from the Durham Police Department went door-to-door distributing Crimestoppers information for follow up from both our offices. We also conducted several informational checkpoints throughout the day which led to taking two guns off the street.
“We are laser-focused to bring perpetrators to justice even during the ongoing COVID-19 challenge in our community. We’ve noticed an uptick in crime, particularly gun violence, during the pandemic. We will keep working with the community and follow up on information about criminal activity in their neighborhoods. We remind the public to call in tips; that number is 919-560-7151 or Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200. If you see crime happening, call 911 immediately.
Editors: Below are the arrested subjects and resulting charges.
Robert Allen-Outstanding Warrant(s)
3606 Apt. A - Danube Lane,Durham NC
4 counts PWISD, 2 counts Sell/Deliver
Aaron Diaz-Brewster-Outstanding Warrant(s)
4608 Miller Dr., Durham NC
Possession of Schedule VI, Resist Delay and Obstruct
Dorel Clayton-Outstanding Warrant
1304 Cozart St.,Durham NC
Possession Schedule III
Jaqueline McCrea-Outstanding Warrant(s)
703 Melanie St.,Durham NC
Assault with a deadly weapon, Communicating threats, & Simple Assault
John Cradle-Outstanding Warrant
New Castle/Stadium Dr., Durham NC
Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering
Matthew Jackson-Outstanding Warrant
4001 Merriweather Apt. J11,Durham NC
Markieth Cates-citation/traffic stop
Stadium Drive near Guess Road
Possession of Marijuana & carrying a conceal weapon-firearm (Smith & Wesson 40 cal.)
Jonathan Lewis Rogers/traffic stop
Alcohol Violation, carrying a concealed Weapon-(Glock 40 cal.)
2 Guns seized- Glock and S/W, each 40 cal.