Man charged with murder in Chapel Hill break-in, shooting

tgrubb@newsobserver.comMay 30, 2014 

Bartholomew Romidas Scott

CHAPEL HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT

— Police have charged a man with murder in connection with a shooting on Friday near the Fordham Boulevard-N.C. 54 interchange.

Bartholomew Romidas Scott, 35, was arrested Friday on a charge of first-degree murder. Police have not released the shooting victim’s name, pending notification of the person’s relatives.

Chapel Hill police were dispatched to a home at 102 S. Christopher Road at 11:54 a.m. in response to a call that someone had been shot during a break-in.

Officers with UNC Public Safety, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol also responded, and the agencies put two schools on lockdown as a precaution.

An Orange County Animal Control officer arrived later to remove a black pit bull from the home. The sight of flashing lights from nearly three dozen patrol cars slowed midday traffic on Fordham Boulevard.

Officers said the man who was shot did not live at the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Two schools locked down

Both St. Thomas More School and Glenwood Elementary School were put into lockdown as a precaution. There was never any direct danger to the schools, Chapel Hill police Lt. Josh Mecimore said.

Police lifted the lockdown shortly before 2 p.m. Mecimore said police did not have a suspect as of late afternoon.

A family member said the home’s owner lives out of state but had been told about the incident. The woman said she had heard there were problems with a previous tenant breaking into the home, but she did not know any details.

A search of Chapel Hill Police Department records shows roughly $52,000 worth of appliances, jewelry and other goods were stolen from the house during two break-ins – one in September 2013 and the other between May 1 and May 7, 2014.

Mecimore said there had been no other reported break-ins at that address, and no arrests had been made in either case.

Scott was held without bond at the Orange County Jail on Friday night, according to police.

Grubb: 919-932-8746

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