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Fuquay restaurant workers disarm man in domestic incident

Posted June 20, 2016

— Two employees of Joyce & Family Restaurant in Fuquay-Varina wrestled a gun from a man involved in a domestic incident outside the restaurant on Sunday, police said.

Witnesses said a man was engaged in a domestic argument inside the restaurant, at 129 N. Main St., at about 3 p.m., and the dispute continued in the parking lot. When restaurant managers asked the man to leave, he went to his vehicle, pulled an AR-15 from the trunk and pointed the gun at a restaurant worker, witnesses said. Two workers were able to disarm the man without any injuries, police said, and the man drove off as officers arrived.

Officers pursued the man on North Main Street, and police said he passed several stopped vehicles, ran a red light and collided with another vehicle at the Sunset Lake Road intersection. A passenger in that vehicle was taken to Rex Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

After the collision, the suspect tried to run from the scene, but police apprehended him in a nearby parking lot.

Bango Benjamin Enyinnaya Jr., 20, of Raleigh, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony hit-and-run, felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, possession of marijuana and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. More charges are possible, police said.

Enyinnaya was being held under $457,000 bond Monday night.

Enyinnaya’s mother told WRAL News that she had prepared a Father’s Day meal for her son earlier that day, with no indication that anything was wrong.


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  • Wayne Pearce Jun 20, 2016
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    I just heard this on WRAL tv and they called the AR - 15 an assault weapon. Sorry WRAL but an AR - 15 is not an assault weapon no matter how much you want to make it so. Journalism at it's finest.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 20, 2016
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    Who in the world can justify just driving around with an AR-15 in their vehicle?? Unless he just bought it, I cannot understand his rationale for it. Sounds like he needs some anger management help as well.
    Kudos to the restaurant employees and all who assisted in saving his partner, as well as anyone else who was in the area. Living in Fuquay-Varina myself, this is very concerning.

  • Frank Curcio Jun 20, 2016
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    This would never have happened if the restaurant had posted that it was a gun-free zone. Right?

  • John Smith Jun 20, 2016
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    Sure is an awful lot of AR-15's around... or is it the only model anyone can associate since it's so publicized?

  • Chad Hines Jun 20, 2016
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    Appears that no new law would have prevented this incident.