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4 Arrested in Wake Home Invasion, Assault

Posted September 30, 2000

— Four men are in custody in connection with a Wake County home invasion that occurred Friday night.

Deputies initially arrested Donnie "Scoop" Manuel McNeil Jr., charging him with first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill/inflicting serious injury, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, probation violation (unrelated to the Friday night events) and arrest for failure to appear (also unrelated to the Friday night events). McNeil lives in the 5400 block of Spence Farm Road.

Sunday night, three others were arrested. Christopher Shaw, 26, of Felmet Drive, is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Michael Booker, 24, of Lot 8 in B&H Mobile Home Park, faces the same charges, along with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Thomas B. Holland, 24, of McLean Street, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree rape.

About 11 p.m. Friday, deputies were called to a home on Rustic Country Drive, where they found shooting victim James Brooks, 22, and his girlfriend, 20, who had been assaulted. The female victim's name has not been released. Brooks had been shot multiple times. He was in surgery for five hours Saturday and is listed in guarded condition.

They told officers that two armed males wearing ski masks entered the home through the front door and held each at gunpoint while demanding money.

The intruders searched the house for money, and the female was sexually assaulted.

One of the suspects removed his ski mask, and both victims recognized him, and were able to provide investigators with his nickname.

Brooks managed to leave the house and kick through a neighbor's front door to call 911 and to leave a scribbled message bearing his own name and that of the alleged assailant he recognized.

When neighbor Tom Price came home later, he found blood through his house, his phone on the floor and Brooks' note.

Subsequently, with the assistance of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department and working from an anonymous tip, McNeil was arrested at the Baytree Apartments.


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