COVID-19: Information for Citizens

Last updated September 4, 2020

Current Status

The Town of Cary is under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of North Carolina is currently under Governor Cooper's Safer at Home Phase 2.5, which restricts occupancy, gathering size, and business operations and is in effect until at least October 2. Executive Order 147, issued June 26, requires face masks in both indoor and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing of six feet is not possible at all times.

Cary Town Hall and all other staffed facilities, with the exception of the Citizen’s Convenience Center, are closed to the public. Cary programs and events have been canceled until further notice.

What We’re Asking of Citizens

  • Stay at home. Please only travel away from your home for essential needs.
  • Reserve calls to 911 for imminent threats to people or property. 
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other people when possible, as recommended by the CDC.
  • Always follow best practices for good personal hygiene such as hand-washing.
  • Wear a mask in public places where it is not possible to social distance, as required by the Governor's Executive Order
  • Whenever possible, stay home if you’re sick, and as always, take care of each other in every situation.

 Recent Town of Cary News Releases

Police Arrest Suspect in Cary, Raleigh Homicides

Post Date:09/09/2020 8:55 PM
  • Nicholas Dalton Nanes, 29, of Raleigh has been charged with the August 27 murder of Selvaraju Vellingiri of Cary.
  • He has also been charged in the August 7 murder of Bobby Earl Lucas of Raleigh.
  • Nanes faces one count of murder for the death of Vellingiri and one count of murder for the death of Lucas, punishable by death or life imprisonment without parole.


CARY, NC – A Raleigh man with ties to Cary has been charged with the shooting deaths of Selvaraju Vellingiri of Cary and Bobby Earl Lucas of Raleigh. This evening, representatives from the Cary and Raleigh police departments served arrest warrants for Nicholas Dalton Nanes, 29, who is currently in the Wake County Public Safety Center. He faces one count of murder for Vellingiri’s death and one count of murder for the death of Lucas. Murder is a Class A felony in North Carolina punishable by death or life imprisonment without parole.

The Cary Police Department and Raleigh Police Department worked in conjunction with the City-County Bureau of Investigation and Wake County District Attorney’s Office to share information and bring resolution in these cases.

“While we recognize that this arrest will not ease the pain and loss these families are experiencing, we hope that they and the communities will be able to rest a bit easier,” said Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. “Diligent, thorough investigation and follow-up by detectives with both agencies have led to this moment. It was a united effort.” 

“Amidst the tragedy felt by the family and the entire Cary community, we are glad to offer some resolution in this case. The investigation is still active and demonstrates the importance of collaboration and regional cooperation across city lines,” said Cary Police Chief Toni Dezomits. “We appreciate the continued support of the Cary Town Council and the citizens we serve.”

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Cary Police responded to a report of shots fired in the Somerset community in western Cary. Upon their arrival, officers discovered Vellingiri, 55, in the vicinity of the community pool in the 100-block of Connemara Drive. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Friday, August 7, 2020, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Raleigh Police Department officers responded to a call concerning a shooting in the 4100 block of Bland Road. Upon arrival, they discovered Bobby Earl Lucas, 56, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

*Media note - Now that an arrest has been made, the focus turns to Nanes’ prosecution, which is led by the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. As such, this is the last case update the Town of Cary and City of Raleigh plan to make on this outside of court until the matter is completely resolved.



Laura Hourigan, Raleigh Police Department, (919) 996-1219

Lt. John Reeves, Cary Police Department, (919) 380-4240

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Contact Information

Town of Cary
Phone: Dial 311 within Cary limits or (919) 469-4000

Wake County
Phone: (919) 856-7044