Suspect charged in Scotty McCreery robbery; others still sought
Posted May 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Police have arrested a man in connection with a Raleigh home invasion involving American Idol winner and North Carolina State University sophomore Scotty McCreery.
Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, of 2904 Nina Court, surrendered to police Tuesday night and was charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in the May 5 crime, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Wednesday.
Investigators are still searching for other suspects in the case.
McCreery, 20, was visiting an apartment at 2130 Wolftech Lane around 2 a.m. Monday when, according to arrest warrants, Shaw and two other men allegedly forced their way inside and held the country singer and three of his friends at gunpoint with a pistol and assault rifle.
In a 911 call released Monday, an unidentified male caller said he was asleep when he awoke to the sound of the alleged robbers screaming.
"I could just hear them from my room," he said. "They were like, 'Just get down. Everybody on the floor. Just give us everything you've got.'"
Arrest warrants say the alleged robbers stole wallets, about $800 in cash, cellphones and a laptop computer.
Shaw appeared in Wake County District Court Wednesday afternoon, where a judge ordered that he be held in jail under a $375,000 bond. If convicted, Shaw could face up to 17 years in prison for each charge.
"It was definitely a very scary night. Luckily, my friend and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case. I will share more when the time is right, but as of now, we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation," McCreery said in Facebook post Monday afternoon. "Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support."
McCreery won American Idol in 2011 and was named best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards the next year. He's also known for being a pitchman for Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits.