Durham police release images of man wanted in stabbing, 1 of 2 killings Thursday

Durham police investigated two separate homicides Thursday morning, the latest in a growing number of killings in the Bull City this year.

No suspects have been charged in either death.

What happened first?

A man was found shot inside a vehicle before 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Rose of Sharon and Hillandale roads in northwestern Durham.

Billy Ray Dickerson Jr., 51, of Durham died from his injuries at a hospital.

Dickerson was released from federal prison in February after being sentenced to seven years in 2018 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Herald-Sun previously reported. He was found guilty of shooting at a driver in a road-rage incident the year prior.

What happened next?

Shortly after 7 a.m., police responded to a report of a man stabbed near the intersection of Liberty and Queen streets downtown.

The victim was identified as Alexander Bernard Jordan, 41. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

A surveillance camera image of a man who is alleged to have fatally stabbed Alexander Bernard Jordan, 41, in Durham on Queen Street on the morning of November 30, 2023.
A surveillance camera image of a man who is alleged to have fatally stabbed Alexander Bernard Jordan, 41, in Durham on Queen Street on the morning of November 30, 2023.

Motives or other details in either case were not released, though both were considered isolated incidents.

2023 crime statistics

Here’s where violent crimes stand. Violent crime is trending down in Durham, but homicides are up 9.4% over last year at this time and approaching the city’s possible record 50 homicides in 2021.

There were 45 homicides as of Nov. 25, the most recent crime data from Durham police shows. There have now been two fatal shootings, including that of a 17-year-old high school student Sunday, and the stabbing since then.

The total number of reported violent crimes is down 5.5% in 2023 compared to this time last year. Besides the homicides, robberies and aggravated assaults are down, while reported rapes, some from prior years but being reported now, are up 21.6% from last year, statistics show.

Violent crime has trended down though homicides and reported rapes are up in 2023, according to a crime data presentation from Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews.
Violent crime has trended down though homicides and reported rapes are up in 2023, according to a crime data presentation from Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews.

Where does police staffing stand? Hiring and retaining officers remains a key challenge for police.

“We’re operating at a deficit,” Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews told the City Council on Nov. 21.

Just 414 of 535 sworn officer positions are filled, meaning about a quarter of positions are vacant.

How long does it take police to get to calls? Response times to 911 calls have not met targets this year — 49.5% of Priority 1 calls for service were answered in under five minutes, which is less than the target of 57%, according to the police chief’s third-quarter crime briefing.

The average response time is six minutes and 42 seconds, which is off a whole minute from the target of five minutes and 48 seconds.

How can the public help? Anyone who may have information about Monday’s killings can call investigators B. Paulhus at 919-560-4440, ext. 29136 and D. Johnson at ext. 29541, or call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.