As police in Raleigh, N.C., continue to search for additional suspects in the May 5 armed robbery of Scotty McCreery and several of his friends, the American Idol told USA Today about being held at gunpoint.
McCreery and his friends had returned to an apartment near the campus of North Carolina State University after visiting a restaurant and were watching Gladiator when someone knocked on the door during the early morning hours. The singer said one of the residents of the apartment assumed it was a neighbor.
“He looked through his peep-hole,” he recalled. “The guys didn’t have a mask or gloves, so he didn’t look suspicious at all. 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 wielding an assault rifle.
“The main guy, who was casing the living room, he had a pistol to my head and a pistol at another guy’s head,” McCreery said.
Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, of Raleigh later 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 has returned to his normal life, continuing to pursue his country music career while attending North Carolina State. He traveled to Los Angeles for a Thursday night (May 15) appearance on American Idol.