Raleigh police chief disturbed by rise in crimes involving juvenile suspects, victims

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh’s police chief spoke Wednesday about a recent rise in crimes involving juvenile suspects and victims.

Chief Estella Patterson spoke at the Green Community Center on Green Road – the scene where Miguel Bejaran, 19, was fatally shot in the head around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

Two 17-year-olds are in custody in relation to the shooting and facing murder charges. Patterson said a security company and community members helped investigators make those arrests.

“With the help of one on-point security company, our officers were able to quickly detain two individuals which led to two arrests in this case,” she said.

She stressed the need for help from the community with battling violent crime.

“If you commit violent crime in our city, we are coming after you,” Patterson said. “We can’t do this alone.”

She said witnesses from Tuesday night’s shooting aided the investigation.

“This is the kind of cooperation and collaboration we want to see with our community,” she said.

In further addressing violent crime in Raleigh, the chief said she and her team have spent the last three months being very intentional about analyzing crime data to help target and prevent violence.

She said the department is increasing patrols – particularly in areas of crime and they are prioritizing offenders.

She also said it is “disturbing” to see more cases involving juvenile suspects and victims.

Earlier, Wednesday, Patterson was at an event announcing a safety initiative between the Raleigh Police Department and Advance Auto Parts.

CBS 17 wanted to ask Patterson about the recent violence but was told the chief would “not be addressing anything else today. She will not be talking about the violence.”

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