One of five teenagers accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is in jail today after being arrested yesterday for firing a sawed-off shotgun.
Brian Gregory Minton, 16, of 118 Marin St. in Chapel Hill was arrested at his home after a neighbor called 911 to report shots being fired. Authorities said he was in possession of an illegal sawed-off shotgun and marijuana.
He had not fired at or threatened anyone with the weapon, authorities said.
He is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and simple possession of marijuana. He also violated the terms of his bond on the pending rape charge.
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Minton is in the Orange County jail in lieu of a $250,000 secured bond. His bond was raised by $50,000 at a court appearance this morning, and will be reviewed again next week. Authorities are working with his parents to find an alternate secure location.
Two others, a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old, also were arrested in the incident Monday.
Minton and four others face a first-degree rape charge in a case in which a 16-year-old girl said she was assaulted in Southern Village, a development south of Chapel Hill. The News & Observer generally does not identify the complaining witnesses in sexual assault cases.