Jailed for a year, ‘All I kept thinking about was my family’
Police have arrested two young men in connection with a weekend party where four people were shot.
Ledarius Samuel, 20, and Antoine Page, 17, are charged in the incident that happened shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of Chapel Hill Road, according to a news release.
Three party goers were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn said.
Page was also shot, Glenn said, and was driven to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, Glenn said.
Samuel was detained by individuals at the party and appeared to have been beaten by people there, Glenn said. He appears in a jail mug shot with bandages above a swollen eye and on other parts of his face and head.
Samuel was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was placed in the Durham County jail under $1.5 million bail.
Page was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon. He was placed in the jail under $1 million bail.
Police are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 919-560-4440 extension 29248 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
Samuel was one of five men charged with murder who left jail in late January after a judge unsecured his bond, saying prosecutors had a weak case against him. The Herald-Sun reported on the cases in early March, and Samuel appeared in a video with one of the stories.
Samuel was re-arrested March 7, two days after after the news coverage, and charged with felony breaking and entering of a home. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.
The charges were all dropped by March 27 by District Attorney Roger Echols.
Samuel, his family and his attorney say law enforcement may have been targeting him because of the bad publicity and to send a message to Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, who had unsecured the bond. They also say Samuel’s rights were violated: from not allowing him to see his attorney to not returning his cell phone.
The people shot at the party were among at least seven people shot this weekend in Durham, one of them fatally.
A man’s body was found shot outside in the 3000 block of Guess Road early Sunday. No suspects had been arrested and the man’s name had not been released as of Monday afternoon.
On Saturday afternoon, a 23-year-old man and 55-year-old women were shot in a parking lot in the 500 block of Liberty Street. Both had serious injuries.
As of Dec. 8, there had been 180 people shot in Durham in 160 incidents, and 562 total reported shooting incidents this year, Glenn said Monday.
Police have attributed recent violence in Durham to an upsurge in gang activity. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 8, there were 25 people shot in 23 incidents, two of them fatally. There were 66 total reported shootings in that time.
This year’s totals are below last year’s numbers.
For all of 2017, there were 244 people shot in 217 incidents, and 729 shooting incidents in Durham overall, Glenn said.