DPD Crime Investigations Weekly Newsletter

This the District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter, 21April 2016.

Timothy J. Williams 12-19-94
Timothy Williams

After an extensive investigation District 3 Criminal Investigators obtained warrants on Timothy J. Williams for a home invasion that took place at the Level 51 Apartments on Old Chapel Hill Road in which two people were shot on April 11, 2016. The injuries sustained by the victims were not life threatening. Williams was charged with 2 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injuries and 2 counts of Felony Conspiracy he is now being held in the Durham County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond. This investigation is still open and active as we are looking for more suspects.

Justin Spears  06-06-90
Justin Spears

District 3 Criminal Investigators obtained warrants this week on Justin Spears and charged him with 2 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts of Second Degree Kidnapping, 2 counts of Felony Conspiracy and 2 counts of Assault by Pointing a Gun. On April 6, 2016, the two victims were getting off work at Rent to Own located in the 1800 Block Chapel Hill Road when they were robbed by Justin Spears and another suspect brandishing firearms and demanding money. Spears was actually seen two nights later in a stolen car. District 3 HEAT Officers attempted to stop that car when Spears and his friends jumped and ran from the car but after a very short foot chase they were taken into custody. Further investigation revealed that Spears was wanted in another county for a violent felony and is now a resident of the Durham County Sheriff as he is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $350,000.00 bond. This case is also active and open.

 We have been experiencing a spike in armed robberies throughout the district. The suspects are always 2 or 3 black males wearing hoodies covering their faces, who look between the ages of 20-25. The descriptions vary. They usually brandish firearms and so far all the victims have been Hispanic and Asian men in a parking lot adjacent to their residences. With that said, please be aware of your surroundings and try to park in well lighted areas in parking lots. When leaving or going back to your car keep your keys in your hands and your finger on that red button as you approach your car. Get into your car quickly and make sure your doors are locked. Do not walk across the parking lot while being distracted by your phone.

 We have also seen a rise in motor vehicle break-ins. In ninety percent of the cases the cars were unlocked and items were in plain view of the suspect.

 Don’t be an easy target. Secure your belongings and lock your car before you leave it.

 Until next time, stay safe and continue to report suspicious vehicles, persons and activities. Your tip definitely make a difference in crime being abated in our communities. Good job!!!


 Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)