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8/4/2017 2:39:00 PM
... and a crime-related Q&A

Q: We often see in the crime reports that the suspect is a "known person." What does that mean, and if it's a known person, why not print the name?

A: Guilford County Sheriff's Office Lt. Fred Antonelli said the designation can mean a couple of things. The first is that the person reporting the crime probably told investigators, "I think 'So and So' did this." Victims will often give investigators a pretty good indication of who they think committed the crimes, he noted.

Sometimes the designation means the deputy taking the report is indicating that the sheriff's office has had contact with the suspect on previous occasions.

"We rarely come out and say somebody is a suspect," Antonelli said. "Unless we charge someone with a crime, we would not put a suspect's name on an incident report."

Oftentimes, even though investigators have a name, they determine that person had nothing to do with the reported crime.

Also, releasing the name of a suspect can hamper an investigation, Antonelli added.


July 24 | A woman reported being assaulted at 8:15 a.m. in the 5500 block of Garden Village Way in northwest Greensboro by a known person who she said grabbed her arm and pushed her. The woman was advised of her right to obtain warrants against the suspect.

July 30 | A man in the 2700 block of Pleasant Ridge Road in Summerfield reported a known person slapped him on the side of his head at 7:34 p.m. The suspect left before the deputy arrived.


July 30 | The resident of a home in the 8400 block of Stafford Mill Road in Oak Ridge reported that between noon and 4:51 p.m., an unknown person stole his Honda riding lawn mower from an unlocked garage. The mower was valued at about $500.


July 25 | A deputy conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle at 9:41 p.m. at Lake Brandt Road near the Piedmont Trail in Greensboro. During the investigation, the deputy seized small amounts of marijuana and three burnt marijuana roaches. The passenger in the vehicle was arrested for violating a protective order which prevented the passenger from having contact with the driver.


July 28 | A driver was found to be driving while impaired at 11:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Battleground Avenue in northwest Greensboro. The suspect was released on a written promise to appear in court.


July 27 | Deputies responded to an incident in the parking lot of J.P. Looneys in Oak Ridge Commons shopping center at 12:35 a.m., and found two men yelling profanities. The men were charged with disorderly conduct and resist, delay and obstruct an officer, and taken to the Guilford County jail, where magistrates set their bonds at $500 each. Both men posted bonds and were released; each has a Sept. 7 court date.


July 28 | The resident of a home in the 4400 block of Liguria Court in Summerfield reported that a known person had taken various rings from her home over the past month and a half. The victim reported the thefts of three diamond rings with a total value estimated at $16,300.

July 30 | An intruder entered a home in the 2100 block of Beeson Road in Oak Ridge by forcing open a side door, according to a police incident report. The burglar took six gold bracelets, six gold rings, a silver pendant, a Citizen watch, a laptop computer and a key to the home. The estimated value of the stolen items was $53,175.


July 30 | A Guilford County deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop involving a motorcycle driver at 11:48 a.m., but the driver fled. The deputy chased the driver into Rockingham County. The motorcycle was later recovered in the 500 block of Albert Road north of Stokesdale.

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