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Bank robbery suspect has long criminal past

Posted January 26, 2010

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— A suspect charged in the Monday robbery of a Raleigh bank has a history of crime, including armed robbery, kidnapping and assault, dating to 1987.

Xavier Hosea Shaw, 47, of 2001 Pleasant Union Church Road in Raleigh, was arrested Monday on one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the robbery at the BB&T at 8521 Brier Creek Parkway.

District Judge Jane Gray postponed his first court appearance on the charges Tuesday afternoon after he yelled profanities and made obscene gestures in the courtroom.

Earlier Tuesday, he appeared before another judge on an outstanding arrest warrant from 2005 in which he was charged with assault on a female. A judge ordered him held on a $10,000 bond in that case.

According to court records, Shaw has been arrested 16 times in Wake County on 57 charges since 1991. The state Department of Correction's Offender Public Information Web site, a database of convicted offenders, shows he was also convicted of other charges prior to that time.

Most recently, Shaw was released from prison on Dec. 28 after serving a little more than two years of a 6.5-year sentence on a string of armed robberies at banks and convenience stores in 2005.

Shaw also went to prison in February 1992 after being convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering and larceny. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison and was released on parole in July 2002 after 10 years.

He was arrested again in December 2002 on a charge of damage to property and resisting arrest.

At least one past victim of Shaw expressed disbelief Tuesday that he was out of prison.

"You look at it and go, 'God, what is he doing out?'" Tom Watkins said. "Then, you look at the criminal justice system and how it's being run, and you have to say to yourself, 'Well, that's just par for the course.'"

Becky Holt, the assistant district attorney who handled a 2007 case involving Shaw, said the state offered him a plea deal on 10 charges because he was masked, making it difficult to tie him to the crimes.

In light of the new charges, she said, the state's goal is to keep him in prison.

"He is someone we will prosecute as a violent habitual felon," Holt said. "The punishment for that in North Carolina is life without the possibility of parole."

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 28, 2010

    jimbo141, only this guy's mother thinks he's a "nice guy". :-)

    I'm saying that we can't go around executing everyone who breaks the law...even many times...not here. Afghanistan maybe.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jan 27, 2010

    Yeah, he has changed.

  • jimbo141 Jan 27, 2010

    Are you advocating for the return of one or both of these? If so, you'd probably fit right in with those countries who we're at war with. You could even execute people for blasphemy over there...and I KNOW you'd like that! ;-)
    hereandnow99

    you are probably one of the ones who think this guy is a nice family guy and can be taught to do right, but his RECORD says otherwise!!!!

  • jimbo141 Jan 27, 2010

    we need to QUIT slapping these career criminals on the wrist! and if they commit murder, then i believe in execution!!! but we as a country have become so soft, the criminals have more rights than the victims!!! and that's pitiful!!!don't give them unlimited appeals, or tv, or gyms or jobs, just 3 squares and a cot!!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 27, 2010

    colliedave, most of us have evolved in the last 300 years, so slavery is no longer ok, nor is State execution for horse theft.

    Are you advocating for the return of one or both of these? If so, you'd probably fit right in with those countries who we're at war with. You could even execute people for blasphemy over there...and I KNOW you'd like that! ;-)

  • time4real Jan 26, 2010

    it's DJ Xavier Hosea and his compilation of ignorance! lock him up for life and move on.

  • shortcake53 Jan 26, 2010

    Well, that was the shortest court appearance I have ever seen....

  • JAFOinWF Jan 26, 2010

    I have an answer for this type of thing: Public corporal punishment. I honestly believe it would help things in this once great country.

  • wbearp Jan 26, 2010

    Guess he could use a bailout.

  • itsnews2me Jan 26, 2010

    Prime example of the problem with criminals in NC today.

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