Greensboro police release timeline, more details on crime rampage across city

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police are releasing more details on the crime rampage across the city on Tuesday afternoon.

Greensboro police said dozens of officers continued to work throughout the night and into the following day to investigate a series of crimes that left six people injured and several communities in fear yesterday.

Isaiah Jurel Fox and Charles Anthony Walker Jr. (left to right)
Isaiah Jurel Fox and Charles Anthony Walker Jr. (left to right)

The 111-minute crime rampage began when 26-year-old Isaiah Jurel Fox and 50-year-old Charles Anthony Walker Jr. drove to the TJ Maxx, located at 4217 West Wendover Avenue, around 2 p.m. Tuesday and attempted to steal some merchandise, witnesses reported.

The loss prevention officer reported that Fox struck him in the face and threatened him with further harm. Fox then got into a vehicle operated by Walker and drove away. This incident was reported at 2:42 p.m.

At 2:53 p.m., an officer saw the suspect vehicle approximately a mile away and conducted a traffic stop at West Market Street and Spring Garden Street. Fox abandoned the vehicle and fled from police on foot. Walker was taken into custody without incident. Walker is charged with common law robbery and felony conspiracy.

Police said Fox eluded officers and was next reported as attempting to steal an occupied car on Thornton Court at 3:21 p.m. The victim reported she was thrown to the ground and beaten repeatedly. After this unsuccessful attempt at a carjacking, the suspect continued fleeing on foot.

Police said a short distance later, at approximately 3:24 pm, Fox confronted an elderly female at her residence on Tennus Lane, forced her back inside, demanded her vehicle keys, threatened to kill her and assaulted her by pushing her to the floor and injuring her wrist. Fox left the home driving the victim’s 2100 Kia and fled the area, police said.

While at this residence, neighbors on the same street informed police that a few minutes prior, Fox was in their backyard and had demanded the residents give him their car keys and a mobile phone. When the neighbors replied they did not have those items, Fox entered the adjacent house.

While operating the stolen Kia, Fox entered the Starmount Country Club golf course behind Waycross Drive, driving on a cart path at approximately 3:31 p.m. In the vicinity of the 18th tee, Fox struck a 67-year-old man who was golfing. The collision caused multiple fractures to one of the golfer’s legs, police said. The victim is still hospitalized.

Police said Fox drove the damaged Kia several hundred more feet and abandoned it by a stream near Staunton Drive.

Four minutes after the golfer was struck, Fox is suspected of stealing a second vehicle from the 200 block of Staunton Court. The elderly male victim stated that Fox entered his home, told him he had a gun and kicked him in the head. The suspect stole car keys and a Toyota 4-Runner.

While operating the Toyota, Fox was involved in a hit and run at the intersection of Murrow Boulevard at Market Street at approximately 3:49 p.m., where he collided with a vehicle with multiple occupants.

Fox fled on foot toward City View Apartments near Gorrell Street after the stolen vehicle became disabled due to damage from the collision, police said.

Fox next entered a residence and displayed a handgun while demanding a vehicle. Fox fled without obtaining the victim’s vehicle keys but immediately attempted to steal another vehicle without success.

After the unsuccessful attempt, police said Fox made his way to the backyard of a residence on Gorrell Street and confronted a mother and small child at approximately 4:08 p.m. Police said Fox grabbed the small child and threatened to kill him if the mother did not give Fox her vehicle keys and cellphone. After giving the suspect the keys and cellphone, the child was able to break free from Fox.

Police said Fox began chasing after the child; however, the mother was able to get to the child first and shield him with her body. The mother was repeatedly struck by Fox while protecting her child. The mother and child both suffered minor injuries. Fox took the victim’s keys and fled in her vehicle which he abandoned in the area of McAdoo Avenue and Murray Street.

With a large police presence in the area, Fox forced entry into a residence on McAdoo Avenue and confronted the resident at approximately 4:14 p.m. Police said Fox threatened the victim while demanding his vehicle keys. Fox was unsuccessful in his auto theft attempt and fled the residence.

Witnesses directed police to Fox, who was in the area of Sues Blues Alley and the wood line near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Fox then confronted police. At approximately 4:16 p.m., Det. R.E. Ferrell and Det. W.C. Tyndall fired at the suspect, striking him. Fox was transported to a local hospital where his condition has been upgraded from critical to stable. The gunshot wound he received is not considered to be life-threatening, police said.

Police are asking other potential victims to report crimes that may be connected to Fox by calling 911. At this time, no further incidents have been reported.

Per department protocol, Ferrell and Tyndall have been placed on administrative duties while the investigations are ongoing. Det. Ferrell joined GPD in May of 2004. Det. Tyndall joined in Dec. 2004.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident to determine if the uses of force were in accordance with state law. Their findings will be presented to the District Attorney, who makes the final determination of compliance with the law.

The Greensboro Police Department’s Professional Standards Division is investigating to determine if departmental policies were followed during the incident.

Fox is currently charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, common law robbery and felony conspiracy. Additional charges are pending.

Fox remains hospitalized and is under police guard.

Both Fox and Walker have criminal records. According to the Greensboro News & Record, Walker spent more than a decade on death row, but the sentence was vacated in 2006.

Timeline of incidents in Tuesday crime rampage. (Credit: Greensboro Police Department)
Timeline of incidents in Tuesday crime rampage. (Credit: Greensboro Police Department)

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