Thursday, February 19, 2009
Security Cameras Instrumental in capturing Lola Nye's assailants
Police were able to arrest two suspects in the beating of eighty year old, Lola Nye, after viewing video captured by surveillance cameras located on Orrum Middle School directly across the street from the victims home. Montrexe Daytoria Blue, 16, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and felony conspiracy. A second assailant, age 14, was also arrested whose name was not released.
Sunday February 15, 2009 a state trooper found Miss Nye’s vehicle submerged in a swamp several miles from her home. He pulled the registration from the glove box, and upon arriving at her home found her badly beaten in a pool of her own blood.
Nye was transported to a local hospital and was alert and able to speak to investigators. She is listed in serious condition.
The most shocking element in this crime is that her assailant was a teenage girl. It is rare enough that crime infiltrates a small close knit community, and when it does it is usually petty crime. This incident forecasts a shadow of an ominous transition in society and its youth. The core strength of small towns was their ability to keep outside influences out. This is no longer the case. It is a true fact that gang activity has dramatically increased in small towns across the United States. The lure of fast money and a smaller police presence makes these towns attractive for the criminal element. There once was a time when residents of small towns boasted that they did not lock their doors at night, and that they never locked their cars. Sadly, many residents still do. The social contract, of doing your neighbor no harm, that once held the community tightly knit together has been torn in pieces and it will be difficult to patch it back together.
Lola Nye, as an eighty year old senior citizen, deserved respect and not the horrific scene that played out at her home on Sunday. Luckily, she survived. In Durham, NC Lois Cannady was not so lucky. She was murdered when several teenagers broke into her home and shot her as she was dialing 911. There are still those amongst society that respect our seniors and look to the good of humanity, but their task of passing their values on to the next generation is far more arduous. In the meantime, security measures must be taken to assure the capture and conviction of the individuals that chose to live outside the lines although security cameras will not prevent the crime they will capture it and it will help in making a positive identification that will lead to apprehension and conviction. It is not enough to rely on these cameras to be placed on commercial and government building, but they are a necessary element in the home as well. This is especially true in the homes of seniors.
Far too often have seniors been the victim of scams and other crimes that not only threaten them financially but physically. Surveillance cameras can work as an all seeing eye in capturing the scum that preys on these gems of society.