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Statement from Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr.

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. said,  “Over the past few weeks, several violent incidents have occurred at and around Hanes Mall.

On Nov. 29, a man and a woman were beaten. It was a disgusting, deplorable act of violence. It was senseless. It was uncalled for and it saddened me to not only hear about it but to also see it captured on video.

Such actions will not be tolerated, for we are better than this and we deserve better than this. The shoppers who go to Hanes Mall to celebrate the season of love and joy deserve better. The citizens and residents of Forsyth County who call this place home deserve better.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Winston-Salem Police Department, will be implementing saturation patrols at and around Hanes Mall. The increased officer presence is a reminder to our community that we all deserve to celebrate the holiday season in peace.”