Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Police Make Arrest in Attempted Abduction
On Aug. 16, 2017 at 12:04 p.m., the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious person at 1510 E. Franklin St. (Montessori Academy). The caller reported that a man had walked to the fence around the school and was threatening to physically harm students. The man then grabbed two students and tried to pull them over the fence. Teachers quickly intervened, stopped the incident, and the man fled the area. Officers stopped the man a short distance from the school (near Walgreens) where he was placed under arrest.
We have charged Richard Donnell Mangum (48) of Chapel Hill with two misdemeanor counts of Simple Assault, two misdemeanor counts of Communicating Threats, and two felony counts of Child Abduction. He is being held at the Orange County Jail under a $40,000 secured bond. His first appearance is at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2017.
Richard Donnell Mangum