Shooting victim faces charges of conspiracy, attempted theft

Zakreigh Branton Baker
Zakreigh Branton Baker

The victim in a shooting earlier this month was arrested Tuesday on charges of trying to rob the man who is accused of wounding him and of shooting at a Wake County sheriff's deputy.

Zakreigh Branton Baker, 20, of 9225 Dansforeshire Way in Wake Forest was taken into custody when he was discharged from WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. He had gone there May 2 for treatment of a shotgun wound, the sheriff’s office said.

Baker’s shooting led investigators to a home at 1436 Old Watkins Road, northeast of Raleigh, where they went early in the morning of May 3 to search for a gun they believed was used in Baker’s shooting. They were met with rifle fire, and one deputy was hit in an arm by debris or bullet fragments.

Police charged Collin Stewart Price with shooting at the deputy and with shooting Baker. The next day, they charged him with felony possession of marijuana and with using the Old Watkins Road address to keep and sell drugs.

Baker now is charged with trying to steal marijuana and cash from Price the day he was shot and with felony conspiracy. He was held in lieu of $100,000 after his arrest and was to have a first court appearance Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, records show, deputies also arrested Hunter Brooks Watson, 19, of 4100 Holden Road on the same attempted-robbery and conspiracy charges as Baker. He was being held on $100,000 bail.

Watson was one of the people named in Baker’s arrest warrant as a conspirator.

Collins has been held in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $550,000 bail since his arrest.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT