Raleigh police say McCreery robbery suspect reported he was living out of his car

rgallagher@newsobserver.comJune 13, 2014 

Country singer Scotty McCreery, 20, at the White Deer Park in Garner, N.C. on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

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— A man charged with being one of three who robbed “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and friends at an apartment last month told police he was living in his car and had driven it to the Wolf Tech Lane complex before the robbery, according to a search warrant.

In asking a magistrate to issue the warrant, Detective P.C. McKeon said that Mikkail Jamal Shaw and two other men, armed with two pistols and an AK-47-style rifle, forced the robbery victims to get into a closet and ordered them to count to 100 before doing anything that early morning on May 5.

The robbers demanded wallets from McCreery and the others, the warrant says without naming the singer, and fled with money from them, the victims’ cellphones and a MacBook Pro computer.

Shaw, 19, was identified as a suspect through unspecified “forensic evidence” in the apartment after the robbery, McKeon said. Police learned that he was staying with his grandfather at a house on Nina Court, about 3-1/2 blocks from the apartment on Wolf Tech Lane, McKeon said.

Shaw turned himself in that night and is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

Police have been looking for the other two suspects and have not said whether they know who they are.

In the warrant application May 7, McKeon said Shaw owned a 2002 black Mercedes Benz that might have his cellphone and other evidence and that Shaw had told them he “is living out of his vehicle.”

Police had located the car on Jaguar Park Drive, several miles away near Athens Drive High School, McKeon wrote.

Police did not find a phone in the Mercedes, according to the inventory returned to the Wake County court clerk’s office, but Detective T.R. McElroy got a second search warrant the next day for an Apple iPhone that another man had and that the detective said was Shaw’s.

Shaw remains in the Wake County Detention Center with bail set at $308,000. He is next scheduled to be in court on June 10.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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