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Five teens in custody for Capital Area Greenway homicide

Posted December 14, 2012

— Raleigh police said Friday that investigators have taken five teenage boys into custody in connection with the death of man whose body was found in a trash can along a trail in the Capital Area Greenway last weekend.

Regynald Jose Brown, 37, was found around 3 p.m. Saturday along the Walnut Creek Trail in a wooded area just west of Hammond Road.

A police spokesman said the five teens are being treated as juveniles.

Four of the five teens – a 13-year-old and three 15-year-olds – are being held under secure custody orders granted in conjunction with juvenile petitions charging them with Brown's murder.

A fourth 15-year-old is being held under a secure custody order granted in conjunction with a juvenile petition issued for providing assistance after the homicide occurred.

Brown, police said, was reported missing on Nov. 20 and had not been seen or heard from since early November.

His ex-girlfriend, Jacqueline Adams, said Wednesday that he often used the greenway as a cut-through to where he was going.

When she didn't hear from Brown for several weeks, she reported him missing. Several friends had been out looking for him on Saturday when they found his body.

"I knew in my gut something was not right," Adams said.

Brown was the father of three children – ages 15, 13 and 5 – and friends said he was working in landscaping but was a "jack of all trades" who also worked as an electrician, auto mechanic and carpenter.

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  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 14, 2012

    Barfly - "Just shows that all the entitlement money and entitlement programs are a waste of taxpayer time and money. The entitlement money needs to be used for more prisons to house this generation of misfits."

    You're assuming all who commit crimes are from the entitlement-supported families. That simply isn't true.

    Haven't you heard there's been an increase of crime in Cary? Few entitlement-supported families live there because they simply couldn't afford to.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 14, 2012

    We have got to get to a point where our society starts to give punishment that equals the crime. In other words, if you murder someone, the exact method you used, should be used to execute you.

    Until we get back to this method, our justice system is just a joke to criminals and does nothing to deter them from committing crimes again.

    Praying for those who loved Mr. Brown.

  • 1911A1 Dec 14, 2012

    That entitlement money needs to be cut and the parents to anyone under 18 caught committing crimes should also catch a charge .

  • Barfly Dec 14, 2012

    Just shows that all the entitlement money and entitlement programs are a waste of taxpayer time and money. The entitlement money needs to be used for more prisons to house this generation of misfits.

  • smhnraleigh Dec 14, 2012

    They are like packs of wild dogs running among the innocent. Sadly, little prosecution will be awarded them and they will probably kill again in their lifetime.

  • labs Dec 14, 2012

    Start with Halloween....If you desensitize your kids to guts and gore you start to diminish the value of life. Adults, stop letting the TV raise your kids. Your priority should be being the best parent you can be. Having it all should be raising "GOOD KIDS".

  • rbenton Dec 14, 2012

    I wonder if they knew any of his kids?

  • working for deadbeats Dec 14, 2012

    I agree, retired. Society as a whole has lost or is losing it's moral compass.

  • CraftyMo Dec 14, 2012

    Not sure who would use that greenway on that side of town besides criminals.
    Waste of taxpayer money.
    immaannoid - your comment shows both your ignorance and racial prejudice
    It is a tragedy that this father of 3 has lost his life in such a demeaning manner. There are many lives that will be changed forever. Let's not begin pointing fingers at the parents of these teens. We have no right to judge anyone when so little information is available on this story. Thanks go to the police department for apprehending these teens before anyone else got hurt. My thoughts and prayers go to the Brown family during this difficult time.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 14, 2012

    " . . . what is wrong with society today . . ."?
    What is wrong is society's moral compass was thrown out the window. What guidance did these "kids" have? Was it MTV, BET, WW SmackDown, R-rated violent video games, etc.? Hmmm, bet it wasn't parental guidance!! Someone go get the compass back!!