Six charged in November fatal home invasion
Update: Travis Jamerion McLean, 23, was arrested in Harnett County Wednesday and is being questioned by the authorities at the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
After a two month investigation, five Lee County residents were arrested Tuesday in connection with the slaying of Anthony “Andy” Wayne Giles, the man killed in an armed home invasion on Nov. 22. One suspect remains at large.
Two of the six — Phillip Howard Fortune and Franklin Deon Dorsett — were already in law enforcement custody for unrelated charges; Fortune is also a suspect in a recent fatal shooting. Three were brought into custody Tuesday afternoon, according to Lee County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Johnson, and Travis Jamarion McLean, 23, is still at large.
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the following individuals were charged with felony first-degree murder, felony first-degree burglary, four felony counts of first-degree kidnapping, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of stolen goods and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon:
- Fortune, 21, of the 400 block of Charlotte Avenue, Sanford.
- Akil Mathew McAden, 30, of the 600 block of Barnes Street, Sanford.
- Jessica McCoy, 19, of the 600 block of Maple Avenue, Sanford.
- Wilbert Verndell Bruton, 58, of the 300 block of McIver Street, Sanford.
- Dorsett, 28, of the 1200 block of First Pointe, Sanford.
- McLean, 23, of the 600 block of Scott Avenue, Sanford, is at large.
The arrested suspects were all held at the Lee County Jail under no bond.
Giles, 45, of the 100 block of Hickory Nut Court, was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Central Carolina Hospital Emergency Medical Services.
“It has been a frustrating case, and it has been a complicated case, but we have conducted a thorough investigation and we are confident we have the right people,” Johnson said. “But it’s not over. This will be an ongoing investigation.”
According to a Nov. 22 sheriff's office press release, a suspect, described as a black man wearing a black toboggan, a gray-colored sweat shirt with the words “Sheriff Dept.” on it and tan cargo pants with dread locks pulled into a ponytail, entered Giles’s home with an assault-style rifle while announcing “Sheriff.”
The suspect demanded money from Giles’s wife, Marjorie, who gave the suspect what money was in the house. She was then tied up by the suspect, according to Johnson. Two adult children were also in the home and neither one was reported as injured.
Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said the department would continue to search for the suspect at large and that the detectives have put in numerous hours on this case.
“I think they have done a good job with what they had to work with, and I am proud of what they have done,” Carter said. “I feel bad for the family in this case and the victim and all those affected by this. I ask for folks to pray for the family.”
Fortune was already in law enforcement custody after being charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 24 shooting of 46-year-old Michael Andre Smith. Fortune was released from jail in February after serving two years related to felony breaking and entering charges, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections Public Offender database.
Dorsett was also in law enforcement custody for felony trafficking opium or heroin, and has a criminal record dating back to 2002 that includes drug, common law robbery and traffic charges, according to the database.
McAden was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon this past summer and released under probation, and McLean was released from prison in March after servicing nearly four years for assault while inflicting serious harm.
McCoy and Bruton were not listed in the database.