Salisbury: 3 Teenagers Arrested Wednesday Morning after Allegedly Attempting to Kill a Homeless Man Fleeing a Thwarted Video Beating in Cannon Park

Posted on May 24, 2017



RFP Staff

♦ Salisbury Police sources reported that 3 teenagers William Thomas Kennedy, 17, of N. Long Street in Salisbury, Adan Jesus Macias-Macias, 18, of Matthew Drive in Salisbury, and Jameon Kentrell Sanders, 16, of E. Torbush Drive in E. Spencer, were arrested early Wednesday morning by Panera Bread at 825 E. Innes Street in Salisbury after allegedly attempting to shoot a homeless man fleeing a thwarted video beating in Cannon Park.

The homeless man was identified as Matthew Nicholas MacPhee, 26, of the streets of Salisbury. He reported having a bicycle stolen prior to the attempted video beating in Cannon Park. MacPhee hails from the Houston, Texas Area where he studied the martial art Taekwondo and is a “follower of Jesus Christ”. Something was working in his favor Wednesday morning.

The Victim Matthew Nicholas MacPhee:

Video: Matthew Nicholas MacPhee Describes How He Survived an Alleged Attempted Murder in Salisbury, N.C.:

The Tree Matthew MacPhee found cover behind in Cannon Park. The Tree’s Bullet Scar:

All three teenagers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill (felony). Jameon Kentrell Sanders, the alleged triggerman, was additionally charged for possessing a stolen gun (felony) and possess/carry a firearm by a minor (misdemeanor). The gun was stolen in E. Spencer. Under secured $10,000 bonds, Kennedy and Macias-Macias are being held in the Rowan County Detention Center. Under a secured $30,000 bond, Sanders is also locked up in the Rowan County Detention Center.

Jameon Kentrell Sanders:

William Thomas Kennedy:

Adan Jesus Macias-Macias:

Police sources inform us that the three teenagers found MacPhee sleeping in the Cannon Park Gazebo at 611 Park Avenue. Allegedly one of the young men planned to beat the victim while the others made a video of the activity for social media. Plans went South when the victim shoved one his attackers out of his way and took off running. Sanders allegedly attempted to shoot MacPhee in the face, but the .380 handgun failed to fire on the first trigger squeeze.

The victim took refuge behind a tree when Sanders fired a second time, hitting the tree. Right away the three teenagers took off toward Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. MacPhee called 911 dispatch at 3:36 a.m. The Salisbury Police poured into the area, but the wannabe videographers were already on their way to Panera Bread at 825 East Innes. Officers soon located the three in Panera parking lot, handcuffed them, and took them into custody. The .380 handgun was tossed in the shrubbery at Panera Bread where it was recovered by alert officers.

The Gazebo, Cannon Park, 611 Park Avenue, Salisbury, N.C.:

Location Cannon Park, 611 Park Avenue, Salisbury, N.C.:

Panera Bread, 825 E. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.

Location Panera Bread, 825 E. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.:

**This article will be updated as more information arrives.**

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