News

‘American Idol’ Scott McCreery victim of home invasion robbery

‘American Idol’ Scott McCreery victim of home invasion robbery

CRIME VICTIM:Singer Scotty McCreery poses with the breakthrough artist of the year award backstage during the 4th annual American Country Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 10. Photo: Reuters/Steve Marcus

(Reuters) – Country music singer and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery was among several people robbed at gunpoint by intruders in a home in Raleigh, North Carolina early on Monday, but no one was hurt, police said.

Three gunmen – two armed with pistols and one with a rifle – entered the dwelling near the North Carolina State University campus shortly before 2 a.m., took wallets, cash and electronic items then fled, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

McCreery, 20, a former grocery clerk who is reported to be a student at North Carolina State, was visiting the home at the time and was one of several people who was robbed, Sughrue said.

After the gunmen fled the residence, believed to be a rental apartment or condominium, someone from the home called police, who have yet to identify the perpetrators, Sughrue said. He added that there was no apparent connection between the robbers and the victims.

McCreery, the cherubic-faced baritone from Garner, North Carolina, near Raleigh, won the 10th season of Fox television’s hit “American Idol” pop singing contest in May 2011. He went on to see his debut country album, “Clear as Day,” open at the top of the Billboard charts in October of that year.

He became the first country singer to win the “Idol” title since Carrie Underwood in 1995.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Recent Headlines

in Music

The Beatles wanted to film ‘Lord of the Rings’

Fresh
FILE- This is a 1967 handout image from Parlophone of The British group, The Beatles,. From left, are: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney; and George Harrison. The woman who as a child was the basis for the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is gravely ill. It was thought by many at the time that the psychedelic song from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band was a paean to LSD because of the initials in the title, but it was actually based on a drawing that John Lennon's young son Julian brought home from school. He told his father the drawing was of Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Lucy Vodden, now living in Surrey just outside of London _ drifted apart after schoolyard days, but they have gotten back in touch as Lennon has tried to help Vodden cope with Lupus, a life-threatening disease.

Peter Jackson reveals John Lennon could have played Gollum in a Stanley Kubrick directed LOTR adaptation.

in Entertainment

Fans support campaign to keep Sean Bean alive in new show

Fresh
British actor Sean Bean arrives for a special UK screening of Cleanskin, at the Mayfair Hotel in central London, Monday, March 5, 2012.

The "Game of Thrones" actor has died more than 20 times in his career, and fans want it to stop.

in Weird

Chaos erupts at Comic-Con Zombie Walk

Fresh
People dressed and made up as zombies take part in a traditional Zombie Walk in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, May 24, 2014.

An elderly woman was hit by a car during a Zombie Walk after "zombies" attacked a car attempting to flee the scene.

in Entertainment

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel set for 2017

Fresh
Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel unveils plans to press ahead with a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy," days before the superhero movie even hits theaters.

in Sports

Paul McGinley pulls out of PGA Championship with injury

Paul McGinley of Ireland laughs during a news conference after being named the European Ryder Cup captain at the St. REgis in Saadiyat Islands in Abu Dhabi on January 15, 2013.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has pulled out of the PGA Championship with a shoulder injury.