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

Journey drummer Castronovo charged with rape

deencastrono

The rocker also faces charges including assault and menacing and is being held without bail in an Oregon jail.

in Entertainment

Men bring the moves, but ladies take charge in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

14-overlay11

The film, which hits theaters July 1, follows 2012's surprise hit with Channing Tatum rejoining the Kings of Tampa, his rogue band of male entertainers.

in Music

Chris Brown: ‘Everything’ is about his daughter now

20-overlay11

The singer won big at the BET Awards Sunday night, and gushed about how becoming a father has changed his life.

in Music

‘Changed’ Justin Bieber attends Sydney church conference

18-overlay7

The "Baby" hitmaker is mingling with thousands of Christians at the five-day event down under.