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U.S. Attorney Announces Six Charged in Raleigh Kidnapping and Robbery Conspiracy as part of Federal Violent Crime Strategy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment, filed on Friday, June 21, 2024, charging six Raleigh men with kidnapping, robbery, use of a firearm during a violent crime and conspiracy. Some of the individuals were also charged with separate gun and drug offenses.

“Two years ago, we launched a new multi-agency partnership to drive down violent crime in Raleigh,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley.  “Today’s announcement shows the next phase of our strategy: a proactive focus on federal charges for violent offenders.  We want Raleigh citizens to know our partners are working around the clock to keep our city safe.”

“This is another example of how collaborative relationships between the RPD and our Federal partners facilitated through the Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) reduce the drivers of violence by focusing on prolific offenders and the criminal activity they propagate. Violence that wreaks havoc on our community will not be tolerated. I thank U.S. Attorney Michael Easley, the Department of Justice, and our multi-agency partners for their continued support in combating violent crime in Raleigh. This case reinforces our unwavering commitment to the safety of our residents and the relentless pursuit of justice for crime victims,” said Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson.

According to the indictment, Mario Scott, also known as "Homicide" or "Homi," age 21, Tyferia Shakur Sherrod, also known as "2 Wop" or "Wop," age 23, Donta Lamont Bush Jr., "Gonzo" or "Zo," age 24, Hasheem Langston, also known as "Tek," age 23, Quest Jaquan Davis, also known as "Tek," age 29, and Deivon Jalil Spidle, also known as "BDay," age 22, conspired to kidnap and rob an adult victim.

Conspirators allegedly attached a GPS tracking device to the victim’s car in order to track and target him prior to the crimes. On the night of January 15, 2024, conspirators allegedly confronted the victim and held him at gunpoint, stealing jewelry and cash from his person. Conspirators then allegedly forced the victim into a vehicle and drove him to other locations in Wendell and Knightdale as they attempted to force the victim to get family members to give the kidnappers more money. During the course of the kidnapping, conspirators allegedly tied the victim’s hands and feet with duct tape and put a trash bag over his head. Some of the conspirators also allegedly used the victim’s apartment access information to break into his home and steal additional items. Eventually, when the victim’s family members did not provide additional money, the indictment alleges the victim was told he would be killed. The victim fought one of the conspirators and was able to escape a moving vehicle. One of the conspirators allegedly shot the victim as he escaped.

Mario Scott, Tyferia Shakur Sherrod, Donta Lamont Bush, Jr., Hasheem Langston, Quest Jaquan Davis, and Deivon Jalil Spidle are charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and aiding and abetting, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting, and use and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting. If convicted as charged, each faces a mandatory minimum of ten years’ imprisonment and a maximum possible term of life imprisonment.

Additionally, Davis is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted as charged, he faces a mandatory minimum of fifteen years’ imprisonment and a maximum possible term of life imprisonment. Respectively, Spidle is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted as charged, he faces a mandatory minimum of ten years’ imprisonment and a maximum possible term of life imprisonment.

On July 12, 2022, U.S. Attorney Easley announced a new federal violent crime strategy in partnership with the RPD, FBI, ATF, USMS, and Wake County DAs Office to prioritize cases against the most significant drivers of violence in the City of Raleigh. This indictment is a result of the ongoing Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) initiative which is collaborative effort with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, working with the community, to identify and address the most significant drivers of violent crime. VCAP involves focused and strategic enforcement, interagency coordination, and intelligence-led policing. Since inception, there have been 63 cases indicted on federal charges.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Raleigh Police Department are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah E. Nokes and Charles E. Loeser are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Updated July 2, 2024

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