Mebane incident leads to multiple arrests

According to Alamance County authorities, 29-year-old Samuel Micah Murrell (left) and 26-year-old David Steele Richardson (middle), violently attacked Raleigh resident Shawn Noble on the morning of Thursday, May 2 at the home of Brittney Lynne Darnell (right) at the 600 block of Trollingwood Road in Mebane. Noble was reportedly lured to Darnell's home in Mebane through an online conversation, and when Noble made his way to visit her, he was beaten with a baseball bat and tire iron before being tossed off a bridge in Granville County. All three suspects have been taken into custody for a variety of charges.

A pair of Mebane residents were involved in a recent beating and kidnapping case involving a victim from Raleigh, an additional accomplice from Bunn, and a bridge in Granville County.

According to Alamance County Sheriff’s Office officials, 29-year-old Samuel Micah Murrell and 29-year-old Brittney Lynne Darnell have been charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon in a bizarre incident that occurred on Thursday, May 2.

According to local authorities, the victim, Shawn Noble of Raleigh, connected online with Darnell and came to Mebane to meet her.

Upon his arrival at Darnell’s home at 649 Trollingwood Road, two male suspects - Murrell and 26-year-old David Steele Richardson of Bunn - assaulted Noble. It is not believed that Murrell and Richardson knew the victim prior to the attack.

Noble reported being struck by a baseball bat and tire iron by the suspects before being robbed and bound with tape. Murrell and Richardson then drove Noble from Mebane to Granville County along I-85 North before dumping him off the Tabbs Creek Bridge near Oxford along N.C. Highway 158, and fleeing in the victim’s car - a 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE 350.

Despite being disoriented from the beating, Noble managed to collect himself and make his way back up to the highway, where deputies from the Granville County Sheriff’s Office located him at approximately 7:15 a.m. the morning of May 2. After being taken to Duke Hospital for treatment, Noble was able to describe his beating and kidnapping to the law enforcement authorities, who immediately set out to locate and arrest his attackers. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins telephoned Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson to report the incident.

Murrell and Darnell were arrested by the Henderson Police Department the following day - Friday, May 3 - and are currently being held at the Alamance County Jail, both under a $1 million bond. Richardson turned himself in to Granville County authorities on May 4, and is currently being held under an undisclosed bond in Granville County.

Murrell, Darnell, and Richardson all face charges in Alamance County of first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury, and larceny of a motor vehicle in the case.Additional charges are pending in Granville County in relation to the tossing of Noble off the Tabbs Creek Bridge.

A background check on Murrell reveals a conviction in Vance County in May 2017 for obtaining property by false pretense, for which he served a brief jail sentence. He was also sentenced to four months in prison in January 2018 after being convicted in Nash County of larceny over $1,000 and two counts of larceny of firearms. Darnell has no listed criminal record in North Carolina.

Richardson is also a convicted felon who served two and a half years in prison after being convicted in Wake County in July 2012 of common law robbery, and of identity fraud/theft in Franklin County. Most recently, Richardson received probation and a suspended sentence in May 2018 for multiple drug possession counts.