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Suspect charged in Scotty McCreery robbery; others still sought

Posted May 7, 2014

Mikkail Jamal Shaw

— 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.


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  • Ginger Lynn May 7, 2014
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    stupid is as stupid does. he will soon sing like a canary for a plea deal.

  • blastamasta May 7, 2014

    LOL. He actually thought he could get away with stealing smartphones. Such devices can be located very easily via cellphone provider. Way to go RPD!

  • 61babygirl29 May 7, 2014

    In response to the bail... I don't care who it was-if this person was evil enough to commit a home invasion, he is violent and should have a high bail. I have no problem with that... the problem I have is they keep mentioning S MC as if he was the only one affected. What about his friends? Were they not in danger? Were they not harmed by this awful act?

  • Ron Coleman May 7, 2014
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    Doesn't every single one of us have the same value Scotty has???

    Apparently not, even his "friends" do not have the same value and you would hard pressed to even find their names mentioned but thankfully for them Mr Bojangles was there so RPD and whoever else involved in the investigation worked extra hard and have made an arrest to get the criminals off the street.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 7, 2014

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    Or like The Bible says...
    "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." 2 Thes 3:10

    Now this does not mean the young, the elderly and/or the disabled; it refers to those who are able-bodied only.

    And yes, those incarcerated SHOULD have jobs and they SHOULD be MADE to work at them if necessary - or their food should be withheld until they do.

    But ya know the lily-livered would never go along with that. smh

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 7, 2014

    Why is the bail on this guy so high (365k)? It's his first offense, he has no priors.
    Is it because he robbed and threatened Scotty???
    Doesn't every single one of us have the same value Scotty has???
    This preferential value and treatment in our court systems need to stop.

  • sabsco May 7, 2014

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    There has been a criminal element in every society in every part of the world since the dawn of human history. "Hip/Hop & Rap and violent videos" have been an infinitesimal part of human history. Poverty combined with lousy parenting however, have been a constant as a predictor of criminal behavior.

  • Mike Kallam May 7, 2014
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    Listen to your Hip/Hop & Rap and Play your violent videos and this is what life is all about. It is glamorized never hinting there may be consequences for the behavior. I hate to say but it is the place many youth of today find themselves especially if they grow up with no supervision in the home.

  • Rod Runner May 7, 2014
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    Not that I support crime, but it's not like stealing to get what you want is new either. Just like saving money to buy what you want is an old thing, so is stealing from someone who has what you want. So it's kind of redundant to ask "Whatever happened to saving..."

  • rocket May 7, 2014

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    I was only asking a question.