::Durham Police Seek Help On Cold Cases
By Richard Saunders, The Raleigh Chronicle
Thursday, August 30, 2007
DURHAM - The Durham Police say they are seeking help in solving several unsolved murders that occurred in Durham during 2006 and 2007. The so-called "cold-cases" may still be solved if witnesses or other people with information come forward, says the department.
There are six cases that the Durham Police investigators are still holding open (see below). Some of the victims were as young as 20 years old.
Anyone with information about these homicides is asked to call Durham Police Sergeant Jack Cates at 560-4440, extension 262.
The following information about the case is taken directly from the Durham Police Department and the text of the descriptions are from their media statements:
Jimmy Rico Williams
Williams, age 44, was seen arguing with two young males wearing hooded jackets around 2:10am on April 8, 2007 at the intersection of Scout Drive and Lodge Street. One male pulled a gun and shot Williams. Both suspects fled up Lodge Street toward South Roxboro Street. It is believed that Williams had just left the Bull City Riders Club at South Roxboro and Dunstan streets and was walking home when he was shot.
Butler, age 39, was inside 510 Burlington Avenue when he answered a knock at the door shortly before 9pm on June 26, 2007. Butler had a short conversation in the doorway with two males before one of the males shot him in the head. The only description of the suspects is two black males one wearing a red shirt and one wearing a black shirt. The two suspects were seen running from the scene.
Darriaes "Boss" McClain
McClain, age 26, and his girlfriend were traveling on Cheek Road and stopped at the intersection of Midland Terrace around 7:45pm on July 7, 2007.
A gray sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Jeep or Chevrolet Tahoe, pulled up next to them in the turn lane and an occupant in the back seat of the vehicle leaned out the window and fired numerous shots at the victim's vehicle.
McClain was struck at least once in the side. McClain and his girlfriend had just left McDougald Terrace when the shooting occurred. Investigators are looking into the possibility they were followed from there.
Bittle's body was found behind a house at 1301 Clarendon Street around 7:40pm on August 3, 2007. Investigators believe Bittle, who has been shot several times, had been dead for about two days. Witnesses heard shots during the late night hours of August 1st and then saw two black males running toward a silver or white vehicle.
Investigators are also still seeking information on the following cold cases from 2006:
Pedro Gasperin Quijano
Quijano, age 44, was riding home from work with a friend shortly before 3am on April 25, 2006 when a large, light-colored car came up behind them on Fairfax Street and the driver flashed the lights, according to investigators.
The victim's friend pulled over on Fairfax Street near London Circle. A female approached the driver's side of the victim's car while a male armed with a shotgun approached the passenger door, according to investigators. The male fired a round from the shotgun through the passenger window, striking the passenger. The driver was not injured. The driver drove a few blocks to Circle K to call 911.
The female is described as black with a light complexion and blond streaks in her hair. There is no description of the male. Investigators have no motive in the case.
Sharrod Jamel McNair
McNair, age 20, was attending a birthday party at a club at 119 West Main Street during the early morning hours of December 31, 2006 when he became involved in a third party dispute. During the dispute, McNair was fatally shot. It is believed that several persons witnessed this shooting.
Anyone with information about these homicides is asked to call Sgt. Jack Cates at 560-4440, ext. 262 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests and callers never have to identify themselves. ::