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Police: Suspect wanted to 'kill somebody,' 'didn't matter who'

Posted June 7, 2009

— One of two men arrested after two weekend shootings and a chase told police that he had intended to kill someone in Fayetteville early Saturday, investigators said.

Neither suspect has a criminal history.

Officers were first called out to 305 Rhew St., where a 25-year-old man had been shot in the arm. Police said the victim was uncooperative and wanted the investigation to end. But officers managed to find out that the shooter had left in a white Dodge Neon occupied by two other people.

Next, police learned that a man had been shot in the lower extremities during an attempted robbery of him and another man at 395 Pee Jay Lane. The shooters again fled in a white Dodge Neon, the victims said.

Two off-duty officers spotted a white Dodge Neon inbound on Bragg Boulevard and attempted to stop it. The driver fled from police and headed toward the Market House and then outbound Person Street, police said. The Dodge crashed into a traffic circle at Person Street, outside the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Officers arrested Raheen Jamar Langley, 19, and Stephen Garret, 24, without incident. A woman in the car was not charged.

One suspect said they were "going to Fayetteville to kill somebody, and it didn't matter who," police said.

The victims' injuries were non-life-threatening.

Garrett and Langley were both charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

They were being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under separate $250,000 secured bonds. Each man was set to appear in court Monday.

Except for traffic misdemeanors committed when Langley was 16, neither suspect has been convicted of crimes in North Carolina, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • lvhv2003 Jun 8, 2009

    With all the continuances allowed by a defense-friendly DA's office in Cumberland County's criminal courts, I predict that these two will have no problem continuing their future crime sprees.

  • me2you Jun 8, 2009

    They'll probably be out in 6 months and end up killing someone.

  • rushbot Jun 8, 2009

    North Carolina needs to pass a law allowing psycho-surgeries on violent criminals. The amygadalectomy would work wonders; it has been demonstrated to remove the violent behaviours and not effect higher brain functions. No more repeat offenders, no more unacceptable behaviour.

  • RUSH_2112 Jun 8, 2009

    This is precisely why I have a concealed handgun permit and go armed. Please support H270 (House Bill).

  • The Fox Jun 8, 2009

    At least they drove to the court house.

  • MakoII Jun 8, 2009


    It depends. SOME police officers are out doing a good job looking for real criminals and bring about safer conditions.

    OTHER police officers are out looking to give tickets over late payments to DMV or small traffic infractions.

    In terms of your own safety, you need to be armed personally. Cops haven't taken an Oath to take a knife or bullet from or for anyone. And when they DO engage in a gun fight, their hit ration is like 1 in 7. You'd be better off with a 12 year old body guard. (probably shoot better with all that video practice)

  • EyesintheSkies Jun 8, 2009

    CCP is an excellent solution to this sort of problem. .45 ACP has an answer to the problem.

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 8, 2009

    Forget rehabilitation. Sentence them long enough so they are old and physically unfit when they are finally released.

  • udoowutchyalike Jun 8, 2009

    I say send these two cowards to the big house and let them be someone's play toy, maybe they'll learn their lesson then.

  • thepeopleschamp Jun 8, 2009

    mtr, what line of work are you in sir? And how on earth are the police supposed to protect victims BEFORE something happens? A large part of their job is to respond when called. Not mind reading. By catching them when they did they may very well have prevented future murders.