Search ends for Unity Street shooting suspects

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

After working tirelessly for over 72 hours with multiple law enforcement agencies and the community, Thomasville Police have charged four people with murder in the death of Artravis Ned Little, 31, who was fatally shot at the scene Tuesday outside his home on Smith Street off Unity Street.

According to a release from Thomasville Police Department, a Crime Stoppers tip helped police narrow their search.

Shortly after midnight on July 18, TPD with the support of the High Point Police Department’s Tactical Unit, took Xavius Tyrik Mebane, 20, of High Point and Trellis Mentoria Johnson, 22, of Greensboro into custody without incident.

Police later served the third suspect, Kasey Dashawn Garland, 23, of High Point with a murder warrant in the Guilford County Jail where he was being held on an unrelated charge.

Later that morning, High Point officers and the United States Marshal’s Task Force apprehended the fourth suspect, Rashan Anthony Mebane, 30, who police had reported was armed and dangerous, in the 2200 block of Brentwood Street in High Point. 

At this time, all are being held without bond and an initial court date has been set for August 20.

“The coordination efforts and pooling of resources was instrumental in bringing a swift resolution to this case,” said Detective Brad Saintsing who went on to express his appreciation to the following: Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington Police Department, High Point Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, N.C. Probation and Parol, Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation, media outlets and the community.

The funeral for Little will be held today at Friendship Baptist Church in Thomasville followed by a burial at Thomasville City Cemetery.

In response to the recent rash of crimes that have occurred in the Unity Street area, including a home invasion on July 12, Thomasville Police, in cooperation with community members, have scheduled two meetings to address residents’ concerns, as well as crime prevention and safety tips.

The  first community meeting will be held Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 at Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 204 Turner Street in Thomasville. The second will be held at Unity United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.