Suspect In Mall Stabbing Turns Himself In
Posted January 18, 2005 10:58 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The suspect accused of stabbing two people at Triangle Town Center Monday night turned himself in to police.
Okey Kanayo Egejuru, 19, of Raleigh, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is in the Wake County Jail under a $40,000 bond.
The victims, brothers Reginald Alexander Stallings, 16, and Brandon Lamont Stallings, 18, of Raleigh, had a history of conflict with Egeuru, police said.
All three happened to be at Triangle Town Center Monday night, where things got ugly.
Police say that inside the mall, one teen encountered two other teens near the Foot Locker store.
Investigators say they got into a fistfight and then one of the teens elevated it to a stabbing.
The two teens limped their way to the food court, leaving a bloody trail that caught people's attention.
"I see some guys covered in red stuff at first, it looked like paint and next thing I know, the one his drawers are hanging down, and he starts hollering (that) he got stabbed," said Jessica Gerrety.
The two teens who were stabbed were taken to Wake Medical Center for treatment. Reginald Alexander Stallings was discharged this morning. Brandon Lamont Stallings is in fair condition at WakeMed.
"He had a real deep hole in his shoulder blade, it was like a gunshot, that's what it looked like to me," said Candace Pierce. "The other one had a real deep hole in his butt cheek."
Investigators say the three teens involved knew each other -- and had some sort of run-in about a month ago.
Pierce said she talked with two of the teens at the mall last night.
"It was because they didn't like each other, it's just beef between two people," Pierce said.
One of the stabbing victims was released from the hospital last night.
The other, police believe, is still recovering at the hospital, but his injury is non-life-threatening.
The young man in custody faces charges of assault a with deadly weapon.