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Police investigate attempted assault

Durham police are trying to determine whether a first-degree burglary and possible attempted sexual assault reported early Friday in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood is similar to an incident reported two weeks earlier.

The victim, who lives on Knox Street, was awakened around 1:45 a.m. Friday by a man in her bedroom. The victim screamed and the man fled out the front door. Due to poor lighting, the victim was only able to provide a vague description of the suspect, who was described as 18 to 30 years old and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was described as a Hispanic male or light-complected black male. He was wearing a baseball cap, tank top and shorts.

A similar incident was reported on Iredell Street Aug. 7. The victim told officers she was awakened around 1:30 a.m. by a man who was standing next to a couch on which she was sleeping. The victim screamed and the man fled. The victim was unable to provide a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

Students arrested for drug possession

At 4:47 a.m. Aug. 23, Duke police officers responded to room 202 Building M in reference to an odor of marijuana. Upon arrival, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the room. Subsequent investigation found a plastic bag filled with marijuana, a wooden box containing whippet cartridges, cartridge adapters, balloons, plastic medicine bottle containing marijuana, three glass pipes, a metal box and $2,200 cash. The room's two residents Robert Gregg and Ross Miller were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Neither chose to comment. Their court date is set for Sept. 23. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are possible.

Student treated for hand wound

Around 3 a.m. Aug. 24, a student broke a $25 window in Building M and was treated at the Emergency Department for an injury to his hand that he sustained from punching the window.

Visitor charged for computer crime

At 11:56 p.m. Aug. 22, a visitor, Alisha Pinkney, of 821 Henderson, N.C., was charged with accessing a Duke computer located on 8100 Duke North without permission. Court date is Sept. 25.

Computer equipment stolen

An employee reported that between the hours of 8 p.m. June 13 and 4:19 p.m. Aug. 16, someone entered his lab in Duke South and stole his boxed equipment consisting of a $3,800 Digi Data 1322AC PC Kit and a $1,500 PC lamp software suit.

Speakers taken

Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:46 a.m. Aug. 22, five employees' vehicles were broken into by breaking out the windows while they were parked in the upper Yearby Street H parking lot. Stolen items consisted of CD players, two 12" speakers and one amplifier, totaling $2,295.

Vehicles entered

A student reported that between noon Aug. 22 and 11:45 a.m. Aug. 23, while his vehicle was parked at the rear of Jarvis Dormitory, someone broke out the $200 window, causing $100 in damage to the console, and stole his $250 AIWA CD player.

Another student also reported that between 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 10:59 a.m. Aug. 23, while his vehicle was parked at the rear of Jarvis Dormitory, someone broke out the $200 window, causing $150 to the console, and stole his $230 JVC CD player (serial number 0974335, model number KDS680) and one $10 CD.

Bicycle stolen

Between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Aug. 23, someone stole a student's $50 1960s model 3-speed bicycle, which was described as black with white handlebars and a seat covered with silver duct tape. The student said he parked the bike and secured it to the bus stop sign located on the corner of Swift Ave. and Campus Drive with an inexpensive chain lock.

Money bags lifted

An employee reported that between Oct. 2 and Aug. 22, someone stole $580 from money bags located in the Washtub.

Gate arm broken

Duke Parking and Transportation personnel reported that between 4 a.m. and 4:39 a.m. Aug. 24, someone broke the Blue Zone gate arm, causing $30 in damage.

Entrance damaged

An employee reported that between noon and 1 p.m. Aug. 22 someone caused $50 in damage to the front door panel of Academic Advising. The bottom panel on the right side was pushed out and broken possibly when someone was exiting.

Perkins panel broken

An employee reported that on Aug. 22, someone broke out the $50 glass panel entrance door to the Public Documents and Maps department in Perkins Library. It is unknown at this time if anything was taken.


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