Fatal downtown Raleigh shootout leads to narcotics arrests

Two days after two men were gunned down on a downtown Raleigh street, a man showed up at a North Raleigh hotel to rent a room where one of the men apparently left behind 20 bags of heroin and a small amount of cocaine, according to search warrants made public Thursday.

The warrant affidavits detail the events leading up to the Aug. 20 shooting death of Ramon Antonio Shaw, 23, of Raleigh on West South Street, near the Red Hat Amphitheater. Shaw’s body was found lying next to his car, a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, according to the warrants.

No one has been charged in the pre-dawn exchange of gunfire, and investigators have since focused on the illegal narcotics found in the wake of the violence.

The other man, Joshua Jamaar Vines, 32, of Knightdale, was taken to the hospital by friends in a 2004 Hummer. Vines had been shot in the chest and was dropped at WakeMed.

When police later found the Hummer, they discovered it had two bullet holes on its exterior and blood on a rear passenger door, according to the search warrant.

Investigators also found a semi-automatic Sturm, Ruger .45-caliber pistol on the floor on the driver’s side of the Hummer. The weapon had been fired at least three times, according to the warrant.

Tip leads to hotel

While police were investigating the shooting, a manager at the Hyatt Place Hotel on Navaho Drive called detectives to report that narcotics and paraphernalia had been found by the cleaning staff in Room 122. Vines had rented Room 122 one day before the shootings, search warrants show.

On Aug. 22, another man, Jade Tashawn Robinson, 24, of Derwent Place in Knightdale, visited the hotel and told the staff he wanted to rent Room 122 and “would wait until it was available,” according to the warrants.

The hotel manager again called detectives, who searched the room and hid “a large trafficking amount of heroin and a small amount of cocaine” inside a pillow on the couch, according to the warrants.

Detectives learned that Robinson was Vines’ brother-in-law. He was allowed to rent the room but was arrested shortly afterward when he left the hotel with the drugs in his possession, according to the warrants.

After Robinson’s arrest, police used a search warrant to seize his cellphone and found an “incriminating text message” related to the hotel room and Vines’ wife, Jessica Tanisha Vines, 25, of Earl of Mar Court in Zebulon, court records show.

Investigators charged Joshua Vines with trafficking heroin and cocaine possession. Robinson was charged with trafficking and transporting heroin or opium.

Police charged Jessica Vines with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin.

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