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Three face Wake judge in connection with bus stop robbery of twins

Posted February 2, 2015

— 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.


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  • Mee Feb 4, 2015

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    The color of their skin has nothing to do with it, it's the CONTENT of their CHARACTER (or lack thereof) that is to blame.

  • gmommaopinion Feb 4, 2015

    All involved should have to face their own consequ3ences in the part they played in this robbery. Some time in prison may teach them something. That is not where they would want to be.

  • Mabel King Feb 3, 2015
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    Guess an Iphone is more desirable then an Obama phone.

  • Isaac Wallace Feb 3, 2015
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    What a surprise 4 African Americans arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon.Luckily no one was killed during the robbery and the suspects have been arrested.Their arrest will hopefully be a wake up call for these girls who are heading down the wrong path.

  • Sara Hauser Feb 3, 2015
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    doesn't driving the car they were in make her an "accessory"??

  • Mee Feb 3, 2015

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    My bad, apparently ONE of the girls had no record. Now she does. Maybe she should have been the one to speak up to her "friends".

  • Mee Feb 3, 2015

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    According to the article, this is typical behavior for all these girls. I'm sick to death of people shining the "victim" light on people that engage in criminal behavior. They shot one of these girls with a STUN GUN. THOUSANDS of people have tough, rough lives and are still able to make GOOD choices and become positive, contributing members of society. I seriously doubt this crime was a spur of the moment event, these girls had to have discussed and planned it; and NONE of these "good", "sweet" girls said "hey, this is a bad idea"?

  • Ginger Lynn Feb 3, 2015
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    Exactly. My 19 year old daughter, and all of her friends, attends college full-time and works two part time jobs. She does not have time to troll around looking for people to rob.

  • Ginger Lynn Feb 3, 2015
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    We need to protect their tenure even if they can't speak proper English! Or maybe it's the reporter that can't write in proper English!

  • justabumer Feb 3, 2015

    "She 16. She's still a child". Someone buy that teacher a verb.