Raleigh police charge 3 men in shooting death at Brentwood Road apartments

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comNovember 5, 2013 

— The yellow caution tape that usually cordons off a crime scene was gone Tuesday afternoon at a North Raleigh apartment complex where hours earlier police found a 19-year-old Harnett County man shot to death inside a car.

Police charged three men with murder in connection with Trevon Shaihid Beard’s death, and things appeared to be back to normal at the Brentwood West apartment complex. A maintenance man used a leaf blower to clear away leaves in the parking lot where Beard, of Angier, was found dead.

But residents who live in Brentwood West said Tuesday that the complex of two-story brick buildings is plagued by gang activity, including drug deals in front of their building and in the laundry room, armed robberies, larcenies, loud music and gunfire. A record of police calls in the neighborhood backs up the residents’ concern about crime.

Over the past 11 months, police have been called to the 3800 block of Brentwood Road for reports of seven motor vehicle break-ins, seven larcenies, 13 assaults, including one on a law enforcement officer, eight loud music complaints, eight armed robberies and 16 drug violations.

Investigators have not disclosed details about Tuesday’s shooting, but police spokesman Jim Sughrue said police were called to the apartment complex for an armed robbery at 12:01 a.m. When they arrived 10 minutes later, officers found Beard.

“There’s a relationship between the robbery call and the homicide,” Sughrue said.

Sughrue said Beard knew the three men charged with murder. Investigators identified them as Isaiah Marquice Beverley, 20, Bionta Eugene Bryant, 17, and Robert Alphonso Bryant, 19, all of Raleigh.

The Bryants are brothers, police said. Police arrested them at a Motel 6 on Appliance Court later Tuesday morning.

Police took Beverley into custody at Duke Health Raleigh, where he was seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his shoulder, Sughrue said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

All three suspects have criminal records that show convictions for felony larceny and breaking and entering, state records show.

Eugene Bryant was scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 22 in Wake County on charges of misdemeanor secret peeping, state records show.

Beverley was convicted of felony larceny last year and sentenced to two years’ probation. He was convicted again on Sept. 17 on a misdemeanor probation violation in Wake County. The court extended his probation by one year and ordered him to spend two weekends in the Wake County jail, state records show.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher and news researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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