Men being held on drug charges are accused in Raleigh shooting

From staff reportsDecember 21, 2012 

— Two men arrested on drug-possession charges 10 minutes after and three miles away from where a man was shot outside the Carlton Place Apartments now are accused of assault, robbery and conspiracy in that case, and another man is accused of being their getaway driver.

The charges stem from an incident late Tuesday night, when Cecil Bartu, 28, was found wounded in the leg and sitting in a car at 450 S. East St.

Kevin Austin Kirby, 26, of 1420 Curfman St. and Tyresce Akeem Carpenter, 23, of 316 Branch St., both in Raleigh, were charged shortly before midnight Tuesday with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute it.

That happened at 2200 Fox Ridge Manor Road, which is about a three-mile drive from where Bartu had been shot about 10 minutes earlier, police said. He was hit in a leg and did not have life-threatening injuries, they said.

Thursday, investigators went to the Wake County Detention Center to serve arrest warrants charging Kirby with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied car and two conspiracy counts.

Friday, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said they are lodging the same charges against Carpenter.

In one of the warrants for Kirby, police said he had taken $2,000 from Bartu.

Also, Thursday, Christopher Rodney Jones Jr., 19, of 324 Chavis Way in Raleigh was charged with being an accessory after the fact as a felony.

An arrest warrant charged that he drove a getaway car.

Investigators charged him Thursday night after questioning at their offices on Atlantic Avenue.

After the charges filed Thursday, Kirby was being held on a $507,000 bond.

Carpenter was being held on a $40 bond on the drug charge while police processed paperwork for the shooting.

Jones was being held on a $35,000 bond.

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