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Two Injured In Raleigh Barbershop Stabbing Assault

Posted May 23, 2005

— Police have arrested a suspect in a Monday afternoon stabbing assault near North Carolina State University that injured two people.

Police received a call to Five-Star Barber Shop on Hillsborough Street at approximately 2:27 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses were able to provide information to police about the location of the suspect, 19-year-old Johnelle Lowery, police said.

According to a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, James McGee, 23, had just finished cutting Lowery's hair when Lowery allegedly stabbed McGee in the chest with a pocket knife. There was no apparent motive for the attack, police said.

McGee fled to the rear of the barber shop and went outside, where the suspect followed him and inflicted additional knife wounds, according to police.

Another barber at the barber shop, Darryl France, 41, attempted to help McGee when the suspect stabbed him in the chest. Two other men, Ralph Brown Jr. and Cedric Page, 42, attempted to intervene when the suspect began chasing them, police said.

"All of a sudden, a lot of people were running out of the barber shop," said eyewitness Waldi Cochanski,.

McGee and France were transported to WakeMed for their injuries. Lowery was also taken to WakeMed for an injury he suffered during the assaults, police said.

When released from the hospital, Raleigh police said, Lowery will be charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

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