Victim identified in Raleigh's first murder of 2012

Ronald Gaither

January 16, 2012 7:46:31 PM PST
Homicide detectives have released the name of the man who was fatally stabbed early Sunday in North Raleigh while exploring the possibility that it may be related to two other incidents that occurred within minutes of each other.

On Monday, police said Elezar Brache Herrera, 20 of Raleigh, was fatally stabbed following an altercation that ensued after a SUV crashed in the 4900 block of New Hope Road.

Herrera was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

Raleigh police have given only a few details about what happened, but said that events kicked off when a robbery occurred on Wallingford Drive shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday.

Minutes later, the SUV crashed and Herrera was stabbed.

Eyewitness Lateasha Curtis said the sound of a crash woke her up Sunday morning.

"I heard a lot of commotion," she said. "What first woke me up sounded like a wreck or the sound of car wheel's squealing."

She went outside to see what happened and said there was a GMC Envoy up on a curb and a Hyundai sedan was right next to it.

"First I thoguht it was a wreck, but then you couldn't tell because of the way the cars were positioned, they weren't messed up," she said. "I kept hearing a lot of arguing going back and forth."

Curtis said she saw police arrive at the scene and heard them tell three people to freeze, then saw police take them out of the car.

She said three people were handcuffed, while another person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Witnesses said skid marks were visible behind the GMC Envoy leading to the crash site. They also said there was blood in the street and on the Hyundai.

Meanwhile, the home where the robbery took place and a nearby woodline were still blocked off with crime tape late Sunday afternoon as officials collected evidence from the scene.

Neighbors told ABC11 that there has been a lot of police activity in the neighborhood in recent weeks.

"There's just been a lot of unusual activity," Calvin Dae said. "The police have made a strong presence in the area."

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the three incidents to contact Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP.

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