McCreery talks to "USA Today" about recent robbery
As police in Raleigh, North Carolina continue to search for additional suspects in the May 5th armed robbery of Scotty McCreery and several of his friends, he’s opened up to "USA Today" about being held at gunpoint. What we knew before? That McCreery and his roommates had returned to their apartment near the campus of North Carolina State University after a night on the town.
- What we know now? The guys were hanging out watching “Gladiator” when someone knocked on the door during the early morning hours. McCreery said one of the residents of the apartment assumed it was a neighbor. "He looked through the peep-hole," he explains. "The guys didn't have a mask or gloves, so he didn't look suspicious. My friend opened the door to see if he had a question, and we think the other ... guys were nestled up against the door so we couldn't see them in the peephole. As soon as the door opened an inch, they barged in, guns waving." The first to enter the room was brandishing an assault rifle. But soon, both Scotty and his buddy had pistols held to their heads.
- Within days, 19-year-old Mikkail Jamal Shaw turned himself in to police, but authorizes are searching for at least two others who are believed to have been involved in the robbery. Shaw is being held on a $380,000 bond in the Wake County jail on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor larceny.
Since the robbery, McCreery says he’s returned to his normal life, continuing to pursue his country music career while attending North Carolina State. He even traveled to Los Angeles for an appearance on “American Idol” last Thursday night.