Detectives say robbery was the motive behind a daytime shooting at a troubled apartment complex where one man was killed and another was injured last month.
The shootings happened on June 15, just before 4 p.m., in the 1800 block of Cantwell Court, a cul-de-sac at the Raleigh North Apartments just off Raleigh Boulevard.
Police charged Derrick Lamont Jones, 21, and Daquan Tyrek Martin, 20, with the shooting death of Floyd Lewright Smith Jr., 26, and the attempted murder of another man.
During their investigation, police learned that the two victims met Daquan Martin and his girlfriend at a nearby gas station, according to a search warrant application made public Wednesday.
The three men talked, and Martin agreed to help them purchase drugs, Det. E.J. Gibney wrote in the search warrant application. Martin then told the victims to follow him to the Raleigh North apartments, and the two cars parked in a lot behind the apartment complex, according to the warrant application.
Martin walked away momentarily and returned with Jones, and the two attempted to rob Smith and the other man. Both were shot during the robbery, Gibney wrote.
Shortly after Martin’s arrest, investigators seized his cellphone and the cellphone of his girlfriend, who granted consent for detectives to review her text messages. At least two messages between Martin and his girlfriend “appeared to contain discussion of the homicide,” Gibney wrote.
The shootings follow the start of a 10 p.m. curfew that was imposed May 27 at Raleigh North and Milbank Court by the apartment complexes’ owners, Treetop Development of Teaneck, N.J. The curfew, as well as beefed-up police presence, were ostensibly aimed at helping thwart a rise in gang activity, crime and violence at the apartment complexes.
The curfew required children 12 and under to be accompanied by an adult at all times and forbid guests from being outside without the head of household.
The curfew was lifted days after an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation in Raleigh, sent a June letter to the property manager of the complexes saying the organization had received complaints about the curfew from residents, who all receive federal housing subsidies from the HUD to pay their rent.
Jones and Martin remain in the Wake County jail without benefit of bail, a jail spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.