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LOUISBURG — A 17-year-old Warrenton man has been arrested for felony attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot someone in the stomach.
According to a report filed by Deputy K. Perry, Dennis Jordan Collier, 1018 Limer Town Road, Warrenton, was at a home on Schloss Road in Louisburg May 15.
Smith said Collier got into an argument with some of the residents.
When police arrived, the 40-year-old victim was standing with a towel over his abdomen, claiming Collier shot him with a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Collier had fled the scene, but he returned and was seen coming from behind a neighbor’s home. Collier was arrested for attempted murder and taken to Franklin County jail on a $500,000 bond.
The victim was airlifted to WakeMed.
Kidnapping under suspicion
BUNN — May 15 at 4 p.m., a Bunn resident reported he’d been assaulted, robbed and kidnapped on Main Street the night before.
Franklin County Sheriff Captain E.H. Smith said the matter is still under investigation.
According to the victim’s statement to Bunn Police Chief Kent Winstead, the 50-year-old was beaten up by three people and made to take his car to the scrapyard to get money for it.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation. The victim said the morning of May 14, four people whom he owed money, came to his home, according to a report filed by Deputy K. Gunter.
The victim said he walked to the ATM and gave them $60 in cash. The suspects then allegedly held a handgun to him and told him to get in his Dodge Durango and drive to a scrapyard in Spring Hope, where he sold the vehicle for $500.
A gun was held to his head as the victim was beaten. They let him out at the Food Lion parking lot and left.
The victim said he went to the hospital for a bruised rib and cuts.
Smith said they are still investigating whether or not the victim scrapped the car and gave the money to the alleged suspects on his own or if it was truly a kidnapping.
Robber assaults neighbor
WAKE FOREST — An Anderson Drive resident was less than a little neighborly when he allegedly attacked and tried to rob a woman on the next street over, May 13.
Ex-con Bruce Winston Cooley, 55, 225 Anderson Drive, Wake Forest, was arrested on a warrant at his residence by Wake County Sheriff's Deputy A.T. Lamancusa four hours after the assault.
Cooley is charged with misdemeanor burglary, assault on a female and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.
According to Lamancusa’s report, Cooley was attempting to break into the back door of the woman’s home on Spring Lane at about 10:05 a.m.
She opened the door with a hammer in her hand. Cooley grabbed her hand with the hammer and then punched her in the face four or five times.
The victim pushed him away and slammed and locked the door, then called 911. She was later treated by EMS for facial swelling.
The City-County Bureau of Identification was able to lift a fingerprint off the back door and traced it back to Cooley, the report states.
Anderson Drive intersects with Spring Lane in rural Wake Forest just south of the Franklin County line.
Cooley, who has a devil tattooed on his upper arm, has previous convictions in Wake, Franklin and Orange counties dating back to 1976, resulting in more than 13 years in prison, according to a search of online N.C. Department of Correction records.
The convictions included an attempted sex offense, drug possession, breaking and entering, larceny, common law robbery, driving while impaired, reckless driving, eluding police, assault on a police officer and assault on EMS personnel.
—Associate Editor David Leone
WAKE FOREST — A teenager upset about being sent to the office over an undisclosed dress code violation wound up getting herself arrested.
Jasmine Isabella Maharaj, 17, a student at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, was charged May 15 at 11:30 a.m. She was told to go to the office, ignored instructions and allegedly pulled away from school resource officers cursing at them, according to Crabtree.
He said the arrest involved three officers, one to attempt to locate the student, one she cursed at and another who took her to jail.
Initially she was charged with misdemeanor resisting officers.
However, according to an arrest report filed on the Wake County Sheriff’s Office website, Maharaj was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.
Student injured in assault
WAKE FOREST — A 16-year-old had to be taken to Urgent Care to be checked out after an assault outside of the Wake Forest-Rolesville High office May 13.
According to Crabtree, a female juvenile holding keys came up and assaulted the victim. The victim suffered a bruise on her cheek and lacerations on her face and forehead. She was taken to Rex Urgent Care to get checked out.
The victim reportedly didn’t fight back and wasn’t charged. The other girl was charged through juvenile petition, according to Crabtree.