Police Seeking Information About Unsolved Crimes
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Updated Oct. 17 with new information provided by the FBI.
The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking information from members of the community about three unsolved crimes.
At about 10 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2005, officers responded to a call at a residence on Homemont Avenue and found a gunshot victim lying by the side of the road. The victim, Jeffrey Duke, 30, of Durham, was dead when officers arrived.
Investigators have identified a person of interest in the case and are looking for additional information. It is believed that information about this homicide has been shared with people in the community.
In a second case, the victim also died of gunshot wounds. At about 6 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2007, Jaquienton Sellars, 21, was found in his home on Hayes Street when officers responded to a 911 call. Sellars was found bleeding on the floor when officers arrived and taken by ambulance to Duke University Hospital in Durham, where he later died.
It is believed Sellars was shot during a home-invasion robbery in which he exchanged gunfire with the intruder or intruders. Sellars’ girlfriend was in the home when the shooting took place and was not injured.
In the early hours of Oct. 16, 2016, a bottle containing flammable material was thrown through a window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters, located at 347 Ja-Max Drive in the Shops at Daniel Boone. The device extinguished on its own, but it caused heavy smoke damage and some fire damage to the building. Graffiti also was spray-painted on the side of an adjacent building at 353 Ja-Max Drive.
The crime is being investigated jointly by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, with investigative steps to date including canvassing the area, conducting interviews, collecting security-camera video, following up on tips and processing collected evidence.
Investigators have identified a vehicle traveling north on N.C. 86, passing under Interstate 85, making a right turn into the shopping center, bypassing all open businesses and traveling in the direction of the Republican headquarters. The vehicle entered the shopping center at approximately 2:55 a.m., which is consistent with witness testimony as to when the fire likely started. Anyone who saw a vehicle traveling in the area in the early morning hours should contact police.
Investigators also are seeking information to determine whether there could be a connection between the arson and graffiti spray-painted on a vehicle belonging to a Carrboro political activist in September 2015.
How to help
Families of the victims in both homicides are seeking justice. Anyone with information about either homicide should contact Investigations Sgt. Chip White by email or by phone at 919-296-9532.
Anyone with information about the arson attack should contact Investigator Jon Purvis by email or by phone at 919-296-9533. The state government and N.C. Republican Party each are offering a reward of up to $5,000, and the FBI is offering a reward of $10,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Alternatively, tips about any of these or other cases can be submitted anonymously through the town’s website or by calling 919-732-3975. The phone line is routed directly to voicemail and does not record callers’ telephone numbers.