4 teens charged as adults in Raleigh beating death

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 16, 2013 

— Wake County authorities have formally charged four teens as adults in the beating death of a 38-year-old homeless man late last year.

Angel Muniz, Tyrell Hamilton, Raheem Hall and Tereise Massenburg – all 15 years old at the time of the attack – are now 16. All four were indicted by a Wake County grand jury on June 24 to be tried as adults.

Muniz, 16, of 1020 Mark St., was the latest to be formally charged Monday with the first-degree murder of Regynald Brown.

Brown’s decomposing body was found Dec. 8 stuffed inside a trash can. Police say Brown was riding a bicycle along the Walnut Creek Trail section of the Capital Area Greenway in Southeast Raleigh when he was attacked by the four 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old who remains charged as a juvenile.

Testimony from initial court hearings indicates the teens were affiliated with the gang BMS or Big Money Swag. The gang members laid out challenges for the younger ones to “earn stars,” a system of hierarchy grounded in robberies and attacks that targeted homeless people.

Brown was coming along the trail on the bicycle he used for transportation, according to testimony. Two of the boys hid behind a wooden-bridge rail, and others climbed high enough on another structure so they were screened from plain view.

One of the boys, according to testimony, threw a rock that was at least the size of a baseball that hit Brown’s head. They knocked him off his bike and then began beating him.

The custody status of the teens was not available Tuesday night.

Neither Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby nor Katheryn Pomeroy, the prosecutor assigned to the cases, was available Tuesday to comment about the charges.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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