by Carrie C. Causey
SPRING HOPE — Residents in Franklin County are warned to be careful of fake police officers attempting to get money fraudulently targeting Hispanic families.
May 23, at 11:10 a.m., a Banes Road resident reported multiple people came to her home — one was identified as an employee of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, another as a state trooper and another as a police officer, according to a report filed by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy W.G. Dillard Jr. The suspects allegedly offered to renew residents’ driver’s licenses for $500 each.
After the residents agreed and paid the suspects $200, the suspects used a camera and computer to take photos of the victims, even bringing a blue cloth as a backdrop. Victims were told to send the rest of the money to a specific address or the licenses would be void. The suspects allegedly went as far as to provide a temporary paper license and said a new one would be mailed.
According to the report, the Hispanic population has been singled out by the suspects, one who spoke to them in Spanish. Many area residents paid the suspects but were “afraid to come forward and complain because they identified themselves as law enforcement officers,” the report states.
Worker caught withholding cash
WAKE FOREST — A Louisburg resident is accused of stealing an estimated total of $100,000 from two A-1 Storage facilities, where she previously worked.
According to Wake Forest Police Spokesman Bill Crabtree, the owner believed Lindsey Nicole Dockum, 26, 55 Buck Ridge Road, Louisburg, may have been embezzling money since September 2012. Dockum was allegedly responsible for making deposits at both the Wake Forest location and a Raleigh facility, and was caught withholding cash.
She turned herself in to the Wake Forest police station May 20, at 5:15 p.m. Warrants for two felony counts of embezzlement had been filed by Wake Forest police with an additional two warrants for her arrest filed by Raleigh police. She was charged without incident and taken to jail on a $20,000 bond.
Her occupation on the arrest report is written as “unemployed.”
Going armed to the people
WAKE FOREST — Two area residents have been charged for an incident, which involved weapons, at a home on Shannonford Court.
May 22, just after 6 p.m., Darius Jvon Jordan, 23, 617 Harris Point Way, and his girlfriend Iesha Evette McKnight, 22, 324 S. Franklin St., reportedly were at the Shannonford Court home banging on the door.
Jordan is also accused of having a gun and threatening people with it. Residents were concerned because there were children in the home.
According to Crabtree, when police arrived, Jordan was arguing, yelling and using profanity. Officers found a handgun, believed to have been used to scare people before police arrived, in the waistband of his shorts.
Crabtree didn’t know why the pair was at the home or why they were upset.
Jordan was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, disorderly conduct and going armed to the terror of the people. He was taken to jail on a $3,500 bond. McKnight was cited for misdemeanor damage to property and released.
Get a room
WAKE FOREST — A Franklinton man had to be Tased twice after he allegedly assaulted a police officer.
Police responded to the Hampton Inn on Wake Union Church Road May 26 at 4:51 a.m. regarding two people sleeping in the hotel lobby.
Crabtree said they appeared to be intoxicated and were not guests at the hotel. Officers attempted to wake Chevy Michael Beale, 27, 105 Saddleview Lane, Franklinton. His response was to “wave his arms up and down, cursing police,” according to Crabtree. During the incident, he allegedly began swinging his arms with a closed fist and hit one of the officers in the wrist and arm.
An officer Tased him, but because of the distance the first time didn’t work. The second time, however, Beale immediately began to comply. Wake County EMS were called and made sure Beale was OK before he was arrested for misdemeanor assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting officers. He was taken to Wake County jail on a $3,000 bond. The second suspect was released without charges.