Another arrest made in Lakewood melee

By Chris Berendt -


Another assault arrest has been made in connection with last month’s deadly incident at Lakewood Country Club.

Mary Denise Rich, 37, of 118 Apt. 3, Church St., Huntington, N.Y., was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and aggravated assault, both felony offenses. Information on her arrest was released Monday. Bond set at $25,000 secured. She was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center.

Warrants on the charges were issued July 8, just five days after the incident, and served at the Sampson County Detention Center on Sunday.

“She turned herself in to deputies at the magistrate’s office,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith.

Rich was actually also listed as a victim in previous reports, reportedly receiving treatment at Sampson Regional Medical Center for a minor stab wound and a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The man who allegedly shot and killed a Roseboro man at the country club was taken into custody last month around the same time two women were also arrested on felony assault charges.

Emmanuel Mikel Kerr, 21, of Garland, was charged in the murder of Anthony Demps King Jr., 41, of Roseboro Highway, Roseboro, and the shooting of Daniel Cleveland Cooper, 25, of Turkey Farm Lane, Salemburg. King was killed and several others injured, including a Sampson County Sheriff’s deputy, in the early-morning fracas July 3.

King died as a result of his gunshot injuries, reportedly from a shot fired by Kerr. King was initially supposed to be airlifted to Wake Med with serious injuries, but underwent emergency surgery at Sampson Regional before being transferred to Wake Med later in the morning July 3. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after noon that same day. Cooper was treated at Sampson Regional for a non-life threatening gunshot wound, which was also linked to Kerr.

Shantel Lenay Neal, 26, of Greensboro, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon intending to kill inflicting serious injury and assault on a government official. Jauteria Shanice Faison, 22, of Salemburg, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the incident.

Neal was charged connection with the assault on Deputy A.J. Brown, who sustained a cut on his arm trying to break up the fight and was treated at Sampson Regional. Faison was arrested in connection with the assault of Vanessa Star Royal, 32, of Roseboro. Royal was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville with severe head trauma.

The shooting happened just after 2:30 a.m. July 3 at the Lakewood clubhouse. An altercation occurred that ultimately resulted in three people being shot, one person being stabbed and two others beaten, according to reports. Along with Brown’s injuries, another deputy’s vehicle was struck by people trying to flee the gathering, however that deputy did not sustain any injuries.


By Chris Berendt

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