Police release photo of Chapel Hill assault suspect

From staff reportsNovember 21, 2012 

The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying a subject believed to have been involved in an assault which occurred in the 100 block of East Franklin Street on November 14, 2012.


— Police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in a Nov. 14 assault involving a gun in the 100 block of East Franklin Street.

The suspect approached two people in front of The Library, located at 120 E. Franklin St., around 2:10 a.m. and hit a woman with his hand. He then waved a handgun before firing it once and running toward the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wearing a puffy beige coat with a fur collar. Police did not release additional descriptive details.

Police reported finding a Federal shell casing at the scene.

UNC-CH officials issued a mid-level warning to the campus that morning, about three hours after the incident, to alert students and staff about the possibility of a “continuing danger to the campus community.”

Police ask anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

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