Three face Wake judge in connection with bus stop robbery of twins
Posted February 2, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County judge on Monday refused to lower $75,000 bonds for three additional suspects accused of stealing an iPhone from two 15-year-old girls after they got off a school bus last week in north Raleigh.
Jontel Dominique McNeill, 21, Chigoze Vivian Onyebuchi, 19, and Indago Laron Norwood, 18, each made first court appearances following their arrests Friday on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon
Twin sisters called 911 around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, reporting that three girls had gotten out of a black car, approached them near the intersection of Hardimont Road and Sarah Lawrence Court and robbed them.
According to an arrest warrant for Jade Paulina Brown, 16 – a fourth suspect arrested Thursday – one of the suspects used a stun gun on one of the sisters, and McNeill allegedly pointed a gun at her before "the victims were ordered to 'give what you got.'"
Police haven't released a possible motive for the crime, and those who know some of the suspects said Monday that they are surprised by the charges.
"She really is a sweet, intelligent, funny girl," said one of Brown's teachers, who did not want to be identified. "She 16. She's still a child."
Both Brown and Norwood, of 1042 Sandfiddler Lane, Raleigh, attended Knightdale High School at some point and were both arrested Jan. 7 on misdemeanor charges in connection with a fight in the school's cafeteria.
Brown later transferred to another school, and Norwood was enrolled at another school at the time of the alleged fight, according to a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System.
At the time of her arrest, McNeill, of 4308 Cobble Creek Lane, Raleigh, was on 18 months' probation stemming from a Jan 8, 2014, conviction on a misdemeanor larceny charge.
Onyebuchi, of 2421 Dality Drive, Raleigh, graduated from Millbrook High School last year, works part time and is studying graphic design at ITT Technical Institute in Cary. She has no previous criminal record.
She confessed to the crime, prosecutors said Monday.
John Eluwa, an attorney appearing on Onyebuchi's behalf, however, said she was not part of what allegedly happened.
"She's never had any trouble before with the law," he said. "It's just unfortunate, on the day of the event, these other young kids were riding in her car, and she wasn't part of what happened."
"Hopefully, they will come clean and let the law know that she's not involved in this alleged robbery," he added.