Wake County high school student charged in connection with 2 violent armed robberies

Demarcus Lee Murray-Carter (Raleigh-Wake CCBI)
Demarcus Lee Murray-Carter (Raleigh-Wake CCBI)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Heritage High School student has been charged in connection with two violent armed robberies in Raleigh that occurred on consecutive days in October, Wake County court documents show.

Demarcus Lee Murray-Carter, 19, of Raleigh, has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon after he was arrested Wednesday in connection with armed robberies on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

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According to the documents, Murray-Carter was one of three men who pointed a gun at a man and robbed him in front of 3809 Bonneville Court around 9 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The victim told police that one suspect pointed a gun at him and punched him in the face. The victim’s cellphone was stolen during the robbery. The victim identified a suspect out of a photo lineup Raleigh police presented to him. Documents show that the victim identified the suspect with 70 percent certainty.

The next evening, another man was robbed at gunpoint by the same three suspects in front of 3824 Brentwood Road. That incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 25, according to documents.

In that robbery, the victim reported that he was pistol whipped and then fell to the ground. Once on the ground, a suspect – who was later identified as Murray-Carter – stole his necklace with a crucifix pendant, as well as a knife and approximately $200 cash.

The victim was shown a photographic lineup but was not able to identify Murray-Carter, who police had already named as their primary suspect. Police then showed the victim a picture of a necklace and pendant that was worn by Murray-Carter in a Facebook photo 24 hours after the robbery. The victim positively identified that necklace as his.

Documents show that police monitored Murray-Carter’s Facebook page and saw that he posted a picture on Oct. 25 at 3:39 p.m. showing him wearing the same clothing he wore during the robbery two hours later, but he was not wearing the necklace in the photo.

Murray-Carter posted a video on Oct. 26 at 9:33 p.m. and police noted that he was wearing the victim’s necklace around his neck. The video was being filmed inside his home, police said. Subsequent photos and videos posted on his Facebook page show him wearing the necklace.

Police spoke with the Student Resource Officer at Heritage High School on Tuesday and confirmed that Murray-Carter was enrolled at the school.

The Raleigh Police Department then requested a search warrant be issued for his residence at 4205-C Greencastle Court.

Officers executed the search warrant just before 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Seized during the search were multiple digital scales, “paperwork on gang activity,” 11 cellphones, and 654 .22-caliber rounds. Police did not find a gun inside the home.

Murray-Carter was arrested less than two hours after the search was executed, according to Wake County records.

He is being held at the Wake County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to be in court Thursday.

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