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Scotty McCreery Describes Armed Robbery Experience: It ‘Puts Your Life in Perspective’

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Scotty McCreery (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Wonderwall)

By Kurt Wolff

When he and a group of friends were robbed at gunpoint earlier this month, Scotty McCreery experienced one of the scariest moments of his life.

“It definitely puts your life in perspective when you’re staring down the barrel of a pistol,” McCreery told USA Today.

The robbery took place early in the morning of May 5 at an apartment complex in Raleigh, N.C. McCreery was visiting friends at the apartment, which is close to North Carolina State University, where the American Idol winner is a sophomore. Three armed men entered the apartment and took wallets, cash and electronic items. Fortunately no one was hurt.

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As McCreery described it to USA Today, he and his friends were in the apartment eating burgers and watching the movie Gladiator. They then heard a knock on the door.

“One of the guys who lived there, he just figured it was a neighbor,” McCreery said. “He looked through his peep-hole — the guys didn’t have a mask or gloves, so he didn’t look suspicious at all. My friend opened the door to see if he had a question, and we think the other three guys were nestled up against the door so we couldn’t see them in the peephole. As soon as the door opened an inch, they barged in, guns waving.

“The first guy in the room had an assault rifle, and he put that right against the sternum of the guy who opened the door. The main guy, who was casing the living room, he had a pistol to my head and a pistol at another guy’s head.”

The next evening (May 6), 19-year-old Mikkail Jamal Shaw turned himself in and was arrested on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy. The two additional assailants have not yet been apprehended.

“Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support,” McCreery wrote on his Facebook page in his initial statement after the incident. “A huge thank you to the Raleigh PD for their quick response and hard work in solving this case.”

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