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Two arrested, third person sought in Halifax home invasion

Posted June 27, 2011

— Halifax County authorities have arrested two people suspected in an Enfield home invasion Saturday, but a third person is still on the loose.

Diamante Harrell, 19, of Raleigh, and Jasmine Deshaunda Graham, 20, of Battleboro, were in custody Monday morning and are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

Marcus Manquell Bell, 26, of Rocky Mount, is still being sought.

Bell, Harrell and Graham, along with a 17-year-old, whose name was not released, tried to break into a home on N.C. Highway 481 around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Halifax County sheriff's officials.

A resident fired at the intruders, killing the 17-year-old, said Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Frazier. The other three fled.

The 17-year-old's grandmother called authorities when he didn't come home and later identified the body, Frazier said.

Capt. L.J. Burch said the youth was out on a weekend pass from the Edgecombe Development Center, which is run by the state Juvenile Justice Department. The center offers academic and vocational courses to help youth in custody re-enter their communities.

Bell, Harrell and Graham face charges of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, discharging a weapon into occupied property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Burch said investigators expect to file more charges in the case.

Anyone with information on Bell's whereabouts or the case in general should call Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve cases.

Bell is also wanted on unrelated charges for two counts of communicating threats and driving while license revoked.

Graham is on probation for March convictions for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and selling, buying or possessing property with altered ID, according to state Department of Correction records. The crimes occurred in Wake County last October.

Harrell is also on probation for a drug-related convictions in February in Edgecombe County, records show.


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  • tedbeau Jun 30, 2011

    my713 said "Its so funny to me how people take what they see in the media and automatically think its the truth"

    Let me guess, these four young people were on their way home from a church revival and this Crazy Guy, lands his flying house right in their path. They had no choice but to try and get thru the front door to continue on to the homeless shelter where they make breakfast for everyone there. Then this grazy home ownwer comes out grabs the gun away from them and shoots the kid, for NO Reason! Is that what the newspaper should have reported?

  • ksugrad2005 Jun 27, 2011

    Instead of blaming youth facilities and weekend passes, perhaps people can check out that department and their philosphy of commuity re-integration. You may see this youth as a system failure, but for very one making negative news, there are 10 more doing well: graduting high school, getting GEDs, getting jobs or going into the military. Please stop making excuses for four people making negative choices and blaming systems. People should hold themselves accountable for their own actions. Remember the youth who died also had choices and was capable ef makng their own decisions.

  • citizensoldier16 Jun 27, 2011

    I doubt the surviving perpetrators will rob the same house again, and hopefully will think twice about doing it again. Just goes to show that all the laws in the world do nothing to stop a criminal...but a well placed shot surely does! Reminds me of the saying that's taped on my front door: "Nothing inside is worth dying for."

  • dfendrjimray Jun 27, 2011

    I really like happy endings.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 27, 2011

    Instead of ankle bracklets, start using neck bracklets. Track em more easier. If they want to act like a bad dog, the treat em like a bad dog.

  • jbova41 Jun 27, 2011

    I hope the homeowner will take a firearms class so he can raise his hit/miss ratio from 25% to 100%. People need to be vigilant and always try to pay attention on what goes on around them. It obviously saved these people's life. Now comes the part where the law will try to make the victim the bad guy. Just sayin. I'm sure the homeowner will have to hire a lawyer to prove he was at home probably minding his own business. Sting Sting the truth always hurts.

  • YA RECKON Jun 27, 2011

    Armed Homeowner = 1

    Intruders = 0

    This type of activity flourishes where it is allowed to exist.

  • dsheffield001 Jun 27, 2011

    So much for the weekend pass. He should have stayed in and made pot holders or stop signs and he would still be breathing free air,, Maybe weekend passes for underaged criminals should be a thing of the past

  • dsheffield001 Jun 27, 2011

    well if they shot into his home then hes covered

  • dsheffield001 Jun 27, 2011

    Well the new law will send a message to criminals that wont to break into a occupied home or unocupied home that you never know if the judge is in there or not