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Raleigh students robbed after basketball game

Posted January 18, 2016

— A group of Raleigh teens experienced some scary moments after they were robbed at gunpoint Sunday night following a game of basketball.

Under the lights at Chamberlain Park, students at Broughton High were playing a game of basketball at about 7 p.m.

“A lot of kids from this area play there,” said Bryant O’Neal.

Another group of four men in their late teens or 20s were also by the courts and Matthew Dillon said his friends asked if the group wanted to play. All of them said no, except for one.

“His friends came over, like from behind the trees, and the guy pulled the gun and he stood in front of the bench and he told his friends to start going through our stuff, they picked up everything,” said O’Neal.

Raleigh police said that the student’s belongings were on a bench at the basketball court. Authorities said one of the men pulled out a gun when the group of friends confronted him.

“He just kind of waved the gun around,” said James Eaker.

They said the suspects took car keys and cell phones and demanded the passcodes to unlock the phones. They then jumped into O’Neal’s 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.

“They went into his car and stole his car,” said Dillon.

“Right before he left, he shot the gun, over and away from us,” said Eaker.

The SUV was recovered at about 12:40 a.m. Monday at the Jaycee Community Center on Wade Avenue.

“I am just glad everyone is ok,” said Eaker.

Authorities said that one of the four suspects was described as a black man who is about 6 feet tall and was wearing a gray jacket and tan khakis. Another was described as a black man wearing a dark, parka-type jacket and tan khakis.

Anybody with information is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • Chris Christian Jan 20, 2016
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    They didn't get robbed. They were just so intimidated by their presence they lied and said black guys robbed em. Most of you know the feeling I'm sure!

  • Greg Klayton Jan 19, 2016
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    "where blacks and whites run together sticking up school students."

    I've seen it happen on Law and Order. But outside of fantasy crime-drama TV, never.

  • Skye Thompson Jan 19, 2016
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    Please explain how on earth you think a mandatory concealed carry law would have aided in this situation with four high school kids being robbed?

  • Jim Hinnant Jan 19, 2016
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    Thank goodness none of these youngsters had a way to defend themselves and their property. There could have been real bloodshed.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 19, 2016
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    I'm sorry these kids had to experience such a traumatic and dangerous situation, but glad all had the presence of mind to protect their lives and give up the "things". Sad commentary on life these days, when a bunch of kids can't play hoops outside without endangering their lives. No wonder kids stay holed up in their rooms playing video games. The cowards who robbed them at gunpoint must feel like "big men" to victimize teens in this way.

  • Lee McNeill Jan 19, 2016
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    Allen Jones what rock are you living under. That happens everyday all day. Your assumption that I my black kids Rob others is the problem that I'm addressing. But based on that phlilosophy I guess is fair to say all whites are serial killers right. No it's not right just like not all robberys are committed by blacks. Please get your head out of your behind.

  • Lee McNeill Jan 19, 2016
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    Again they walked up to them before hand before things went bad. They saw who they were. The boys stated all of them said not but one. Unless they walked up to them blindfold to ask to play then they saw them . If it was four black suspects them say that if not state the whole truth.

  • Steve Faulkner Jan 19, 2016
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    I was thinking almost the same thing, but for Onstar.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 19, 2016
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    It seems like it's always the racial slant that stirs up the most hostility. Reporting the fact of someone's race, in an effort to locate the guilty parties shouldn't be a problem. It's not racist to include skin color in a description, just as including hair color /height etc, but it seems to stir up such an unwarranted amount of anger. Obviously they are describing a person, and skin color is an outward characteristic that can help to identify the , ummm, criminals.
    It seems that racism is worse now that it was when our president took office.

  • Catherine Edwards Jan 19, 2016
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    What about Find My iPhone? That would track these guys.