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One arrested, two sought in theft of cars from Cary neighborhood

Posted July 31

— Police arrested a man and were seeking two others Thursday in connection with the theft of three vehicles in a Cary neighborhood.

Officers responded to 1200 block of Donaldson Court, off Walnut Street, around 5 a.m. after receiving a call about car break-ins.

Five other vehicles were damaged.

Rashaad Antwain McKnight, 22, who is accused of stealing one of the vehicles, wrecked on Dillard Drive, crashing into a van carrying two adults and three children after crossing the median.

McKnight fled the scene on foot, and he was arrested about two hours later in the woods off Piney Plains Road.

He was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond on three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and one count each of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run and speeding to elude arrest.

More charges are pending.

One woman in the van was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A second stolen car was found abandoned on Interstate 40 between U.S. Highway 1 and Lake Wheeler Road. A Chevrolet Tahoe was still missing Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the thefts should call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012.

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  • nuts4u Aug 1, 10:50 a.m.

    The picture of this fine upstanding citizen surrounded by several law officers would not be a issue if this nice guy would not have stole a car hit and run another car then ran from the police.
    I am so sorry that this poor soul was caught and pictured like this a common criminal. What is most shocking is that WRAL actually ran this story

  • Sister Golden Hair Aug 1, 10:24 a.m.

    common tater
    So sad to see his face and imagine the life that led up to that decision. Hope he can turn his life around.

    People who think like you are part of the problem. Another "Bleeding Heart". Many have hard lives but don't commit crimes. Always an excuse for these poor misunderstood criminals.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 1, 9:21 a.m.

    "Note that the picture shows a lone black kid on his knees surrounded by white men. That's a disturbing picture to use, I thought." - djofraleigh


    Interesting. The picture had an impact on me too, but I really LIKED the picture. Of course, I didn't see a "lone black kid" but instead saw a "lone criminal". Really! I must be color blind when it comes to crime.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 1, 9:19 a.m.

    "So whats your answer (bear in mind it has to be constituitional). The US already locks up far more people than any other country in the world." -Grand Union


    Execution. Firing squad or gallows. We need to put execution on the table for more than just murder, and then actually carry it out within a short time frame. I'm not sure if only having execution for murder is by constitution or state laws, but we can change that if necessary. Definitely solves the problem of so many repeat offenders.

  • Grand Union Jul 31, 3:08 p.m.

    Habitual felon...N&O reports McKnight was convicted in March 2009 of receiving a stolen vehicle... View More

    — Posted by I know some stuff

    So whats your answer (bear in mind it has to be constituitional).
    The US already locks up far more people than any other country in the world........

  • iopsyc Jul 31, 2:22 p.m.

    "Theft of cars" implies a criminal enterprise. Whatever, but the story comments are about chase... View More

    — Posted by djofraleigh

    You and I must see different pictures.
    I see a 22yo black man, sitting in the grass, with 5 police/emergency response personnel around him (2 of which are white, the other 3 aren't showing any skin so I don't know what color they are).

  • kikinc Jul 31, 2:20 p.m.

    Looks like RPD had to assist and show em how its really done...prob even caught the guy.

    — Posted by conservatism is right

    Or maybe RPD was there because the crash occurred within a mile or two of Raleigh city limits?

    — Posted by kikinc

    Walnut and Dillard Drive is definitely in Cary, near Crossroads shopping center. RPD could have... View More

    — Posted by SomeRandomGuy

    Didn't say it wasn't in Cary. I said it was within a mile or two of Raleigh, which it is. Once you hit Jones Franklin and Dillard, you're in Raleigh. When an incident is that close to a border of two towns/cities, it's not unheard of for both police forces to respond.

  • farm Jul 31, 1:45 p.m.

    "Theft of cars" implies a criminal enterprise. Whatever, but the story comments are about chase... View More

    — Posted by djofraleigh

    Are you being serious? I can't tell.

  • I know some stuff Jul 31, 1:34 p.m.

    Habitual felon...N&O reports McKnight was convicted in March 2009 of receiving a stolen vehicle and in September 2009 of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm on the same day in March that he was convicted. In February 2013, he was convicted of illegally receiving a firearm.
    And caught again...he'll go to jail, get some meals, showers, freshened up, maybe a few tips from the other inmates on how to do things so he doesn't get caught so often, and then he'll DO IT ALL AGAIN. Great system that we have.

  • conservatism is right Jul 31, 1:04 p.m.

    If the third car, Tahoe was left at a Kangaroo gas station CPD will be sure to find it.

    — Posted by ashbabyec

    Or if it has a tag light out they will definitely stop it for that major violation...

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