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Five face charges after fight, break-in at Raleigh home

Posted November 14, 2016

Police arrested Darius Dontae Mccalston, 28, and Cassandra Marie Duplanti, 23.
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— Five people are facing multiple charges after an attempted robbery and fight at a Raleigh home on Sunday.

According to officials, two men armed with a handgun entered the home at 3224-G Shire Lane around 11:30 a.m.

Three men, two women and a toddler were in the home at the time of the break-in.

Police say a fight started between the men breaking in and the residents.

One of the intended victims, 27-year-old Henry Chavez, Jr., was shot in his left hand during the struggle and was transported to Rex Hospital for treatment.

Another man in the home gained control of a suspect's handgun and shot one suspect in his hip. Police say both of the would-be robbers were struck in their heads with a baseball bat possessed by another intended victim.

Police arrested the suspects, Evan Robert Schwepker-Thomas, 20, and Darius Dontae Mccalston, 28, when they arrived at WakeMed in Garner seeking treatment for their injuries. They also arrested Cassandra Marie Duplanti, 23, who drove the pair to the hospital.

Mccalston and Duplanti were later transported to the Wake County Detention Center, where Mccalston was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Duplanti was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Officials said Schwepker-Thomas will be charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury once he is released from the hospital.

Two of the intended victims, 37-year-old Tiffany Donelle Miller and 20-year-old Christian Michael Miller, were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia following the incident. The Millers are mother and son, police said.


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  • Alfred Barnes Nov 14, 8:13 p.m.
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    Can't we all just get along?

    Don't bogart that hit!

  • Norman Lewis Nov 14, 4:39 p.m.
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    So the criminals attempted to rob other criminals and got a beat down. Aren't illegal drugs wonderful? I await the liberal calls to ban baseball bats. Will be about as effective as gun free zones at limiting attacks. Only the likelihood of an armed response will deter criminal activity.

  • Andrew Stephenson Nov 14, 3:44 p.m.
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    Man, I'm struggling to wrap my mind around the number of people involved with this, especially with the 4 unnamed mugshots. I assume the picture at the bottom are the two intended victims, but the description says that 3 men, two women, and a toddler were in the house at the time of the break-in. Does that include the actual perpetrators as well?

  • TJ Wahoo Nov 14, 1:03 p.m.
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    Jim: The violence will only stop when the principals mutually annihilate each other. In the meantime, get out your wallet as society pays for their legal and medical costs. Perhaps banning baseball bats will help.

  • Jim Smith Nov 14, 11:40 a.m.
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    When is all this violence going to stop?