Four North Carolina community college students allegedly murdered a Cape Fear Community College Student for his sandwich, cell phone, and two $5 dollar bills, according to police.
Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 23, Quintel Raheem Grady, 22, Jasmine Nikole Dottin, 19, and Daniel Edward Henry, 17, are each charged with felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Cromartie, Henry and Dottin are also charged with attempted burglary, according to Star News Online.
New Hanover District Attorney Ben David alleges that on the night of the murder, Cromartie, Henry and Dottin tried to break into a home but fled after alarming homeowners. After that close call, the three assailants met up with Grady.
“The four of them hatched a plot to go downtown to find a victim or victims to rob. (Cromartie), together with Daniel Henry and QuintelGrady, got out of a car being operated by Jasmine Dottin and stalked and followed a woman in the downtown area. She understood she was being stalked, went into her gated yard and began to call 911, but did not. They left her. This was about 20 minutes before Joshua Proutey was shot and killed,” David said.
“They then find Mr. Proutey…. It’s alleged at that time Mr. Quintel Grady approached him demanding his wallet and anything of value. Mr. Proutey produced what was in his wallet, which was $10, and asked if he could keep his ID because it would be hard to replace. At that point he was ordered back into his car and he froze. And it’s alleged that Mr. Grady shot him in the head and killed him.”
Although a surveillance camera captured Dottin, Cromartie, Henry and Grady driving up, a tip is what led police to the assailants.
Proutey’s mother says that her son was a good kid who kept away from trouble.
“This was completely random. There is no piece that you can connect Joshua to these people with. He didn’t hang out downtown, he didn’t have any seedy friends,” Patricia Proutey. “He was everybody’s kid. This could have been anybody’s kid.”
First degree murder is punishable by death in the state.