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.
UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police Investigate Armed Robbery, Kidnapping
Update (6:25 p.m., 9/27/17): Upon further discussion with the victim, the suspect is described as an Hispanic male with long, wavy hair.
Previously released: The Chapel Hill Police Department are seeking information about a suspect in an armed robbery and kidnapping that originated in the Wendy’s parking lot at 100 Scarlett Drive, Chapel Hill, at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.
The victim described the suspect as a tall and thin, light-skinned black male with blonde or light-colored, shoulder-length dreads. He was reported as wearing black, skinny sweatpants, a black sweat top, a dirty orange shirt, and no shoes. He had a leaf tattoo on his left hand and another tattoo on one of his two middle fingers on his left hand.
The suspect displayed a small, silver handgun and forced the victim to get in the victim’s vehicle and drive him to Raleigh. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim and released the victim unharmed in Raleigh.
If anyone has information about these incidents, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.