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Chapel Hill Police Charge 5 Teens in 2 Rapes

Posted May 27, 2007

— Five Chapel Hill teenagers face rape charges in connection with two incidents following the arrests of all five in one day.

Police said they had charged Mario Chanquez Neville, 17; Mark Anthony Holland, 17; Colton Oneil Sanders, 17; and Gregory Minton, 16, had each been charged with first-degree rape in connection with an incident that happened in September. Each was held on a $200,000 bond, police said.

The fifth person, Timothy Allen Smith, 17, was accused of second-degree rape in connection with a different incident, police said. He was being held on a $75,000 bond.

Police said all the arrests Friday stemmed from investigations that had taken place over several months.

Neville, of 512 Craig St., and Holland, of 2201 Homestead Road, turned themselves in at town police headquarters, officers said. They arrested Sanders at his home at 27 S. Circle Drive, they said. Minton, who lives at 1189 Martin Drive, was arrested on the street, they said.

Smith, of 3 Pinetree Lane, turned himself in to police, they said.


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  • At Work May 28, 2007

    Wow what a way to throw there lives away so young and stupid!

  • amypsychrn May 28, 2007

    Maybe they are protecting the victim/victims

  • grenlyn1 May 28, 2007

    The age of children being charged with adult crimes is not limited to 16. I recall a case of Andrey Green, a 13 year old charged as an adult with rape in Fuquay-Varina. He will be in prison until the age of 40 for this crime. Longer than most adults get for rape. Although I am glad they caught these boys, and I think they should be tried as adults. All of them. But no, the age is not above 16 when it comes to charging children as adults. It goes lower. If this changes in the future due to changes in the law, then Andrey Green should get a retrial and recieve the same charges as a child.

  • Halyard May 28, 2007

    It's what they didn't say, just left us in suspense to

  • jahausa May 27, 2007

    I'm far from an expert, but I thought juvenile charges were usually for non-violent crimes?

  • thepeopleschamp May 27, 2007

    Just think, if NC politicians get thier way most of these suspects will be juveniles. NC wants to make the juvenile age 18 instead of 16. If that happens these criminals (assuming they are in fact guilty) will likely not spend any time in any locked facility. They will go home with a speech they got in court and continue victimizing citizens.

  • bombayrunner May 27, 2007

    I agree, very little info here. But obviously not Duke Lacrosse players else their faces and names would be all over the news.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 27, 2007

    If they're guilty, I hope they get what they deserve. A cell-mate named Bubba who has a fond affection for them.

  • mvnull May 27, 2007

    Congrats to the police for arresting these guys. I hope you have some solid evidence. Good careful police work normally doesn't need a lot of publicity and an audience. Or, didn't we learn anything from Nifong?

  • dianadarling May 27, 2007

    If this had been durham it would be top news. chapel hill wants to bury it.