Police blame 3 men for dozens of BB gun attacks on cars, people

L to R: Keenan Joshua Byrd, Keontae Charles Green, Malik Keivon Brown
L to R: Keenan Joshua Byrd, Keontae Charles Green, Malik Keivon Brown CCBI

Three men have been charged with sending a man to a hospital to have a BB pellet removed from his head after they shot at his car Wednesday in what police say was the latest of more than two dozen incidents since mid-December.

Keontae Green, 20, Malik Keivon Brown, 22, and Keenan Joshua Byrd, 21, were each charged Wednesday with assault for the driver’s head wound and injury to personal property for damaging his 2005 Jeep Wrangler while he was driving in the 1400 block of East Millbrook Road.

All three men are Raleigh residents, and police said two incidents happened in the block where one of them lives.

Police said in charges against each man that he assaulted the victim in Wednesday’s attack by “firing a pellet gun at him and striking him in the head. The pellet had to be removed at the hospital.”

Thursday night, police said they believe one or more of the trio is responsible for multiple incidents. The first report of cars being shot at with BB’s was on Dec. 15, police said.

After detectives questioned the men Wednesday, they charged Green with shooting at a man and hitting him in the hip on Jan. 24, and they charged Byrd and Brown with shooting at a third man on Jan. 19 and hitting him.

Each of the three is also charged with damaging several other vehicles with pellets on Sunday and Tuesday.

Police also claim they can tie the trio to three other incidents earlier in January, including one on New Hope Church Road on Jan. 11 and two at the Capital Motors on Capital Boulevard that did not result in injuries on Jan. 19.

On Jan. 24 and 26, police said, cars were shot at in the 4800 block of Tapers Drive, which is where Green lives.

Byrd and Brown had been arrested Jan. 11 in the 2400 block of East Millbrook Road and charged with assault and property-damage because of another incident that day.

They were already scheduled for court appearances Thursday on those earlier charges.

On Friday, Byrd was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, Boyd was being held on $25,000 bail and Green had been released on bail.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT