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Murder suspect says he was kidnapped by alleged accomplices

Posted September 17, 2008

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— A man accused of shooting and killing a Chapel Hill man says he was kidnapped by two of his alleged accomplices and held against his will.

Matt Johnson, 21, is one of six men charged with first-degree murder in the July 29 shooting death of Joshua Bailey. Authorities say Johnson shot Bailey with a 9 mm handgun and helped bury him in a shallow grave near the Chapel Hill home of one of the other suspects.

Two of the suspects in Bailey's homicide – Brian Gregory Minton, 18 and Jacob Alexander Maxwell, 18, are each charged with first-degree kidnapping. A third person, Sarah Krombach, 23, also faces one count of first-degree kidnapping.

A search warrant, returned Monday, indicates that on Aug. 17, Krombach allegedly drove him to Pittsboro Body Shop in Pittsboro, where she worked. There, Johnson said, he was tied with a chain and bound at the ankles with duct tape, kicked and beaten with a metal pipe.

Minton also allegedly pointed a handgun at Johnson and threatened to kill him, the search warrant stated.

The three then took Johnson to Krombach's house, where they held him overnight. The next day, Johnson claims, he used a Sharpie marker to write on a billiard cue ball that he needed help and threw the ball out a third-floor window of the home, according to the warrant.

Johnson, Minton and Maxwell are each being held in the Orange County Jail without bond in Bailey's death. Orange County authorities found his body last Friday near Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

Three other men – Brandon Hamilton Greene, 26, Ryan Ladar Davis Lee, 20, and Jack Johnson II, 19 – are also charged with murder in Bailey's death and are being held without bond.

Three other people, including Minton's parents, are each in jail under a $1 million bond on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

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  • Tracey1229 Sep 18, 2008

    It doesn't say it was their house anywhere in this story... plus, she's 23 years old. if she lived with a husband that owned the house or something, and the same situation happened, would you say WHERE WAS THE HUSBAND?!? no, because a 23 year old is responsible for themself.

  • Tarheel born Sep 17, 2008

    Yea, right. And Rome was built in a day.

  • nccaae Sep 17, 2008

    Someone mentioned that Greg Minton owns Minton's BP in one post, at Glen Lennox? Um.....I feel sure I heard he and the 'Mrs.' asked for public defenders! Maybe they can sell the service station? And pay for their own defense!

  • xarabee Sep 17, 2008

    where were her parents? really??? the woman is 23 years old.
    Tracey1229
    GOLO member since August 27, 2008

    Really....it's their house, not the 23 year old's house...

  • nealsgirl Sep 17, 2008

    I SAY DEATH PENALTY TO ALL OF THEM. JUSTICE FOR JOSH!!!!!

  • Tracey1229 Sep 17, 2008

    where were her parents? really??? the woman is 23 years old.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 17, 2008

    "Does he think anyone feels sorry for him being kidnapped?"

    I seriously doubt he went to the police b/c he was a victim of the kidnapping and wanted justice. It's probably just part of the long story that came out with everything else.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 17, 2008

    "And why would they kidnap the other dude and force him to shoot the guy they kept over night? I guess I must be getting tail end of the story."

    Not sure what you mean.........Johnson supposedly shot the victim first, then he was later kidnapped by the others involved b/c they thought he was going to fess up to the police.

  • sunshine1224 Sep 17, 2008

    RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS..THE FACT IS,,,A LIFE WAS TAKEN FOR NO APPARENT REASON...HE HAD OPTIONS TO GET OUT BUT DIDNT..HE ONLY GOT CAUGHT...NOW TRYING TO PUT IT OFF ON EVERYONE ELSE BUT HIMSELF..

  • familyfour Sep 17, 2008

    Like I said before - whooptydamdo - He still has his life, and Joshua doesn't. Does he think anyone feels sorry for him being kidnapped?

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