5 sought after man attacked with skateboard on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

Orange County News

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Chapel Hill police are looking for several people after a 52-year-man was hit in the head with a skateboard earlier this month.

The incident happened just after 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 6 at 140 W. Franklin St., according to a news release from Chapel Hill police. 

“A 52-year-old male was struck in the head with a skateboard, and a 70-year-old male was threatened,” the news release said.

“That’s definitely scary and kind of surprising,” said UNC graduate student Stacy Fairey.

“To hear something like that, with five people, yeah, it’s kind of a little bit shocking, to say the least,” said senior Daniel Winecone.

Five people are being sought in the assault. Photos were released that showed several men and a woman. One man was on a bright yellow bicycle and others were riding skateboards.

Students who live nearby said they’re shocked they hadn’t heard of the crime. 

“I didn’t know about it, and our school didn’t let us know that there was anything going on,” said freshman Kaytlin Adams.

CBS 17 has reached out to UNC-Chapel Hill for comment, but it was after hours. 

If you have information about the incident or can identify the people in the photos, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-968-2760 and ask for Investigator Slagle.

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