Teen accused of shooting Good Samaritan has long rap sheet

Teen accused of shooting Good Samaritan has long rap sheet

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 6:28 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 18-year-old arrested for shooting a Good Samaritan Wednesday has a long criminal record, and justice advocates are concerned.

Records show DeAndre White had just bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours later, he was back in custody on the new, different charges.

Police said White was assaulting his girlfriend Wednesday morning outside of a car parked at the intersection of Glory Street and West Sugar Creek Road. Officers said a couple called 911, but then decided to pull over to stop White from hurting his girlfriend.

That's when investigators said the teen shot at the strangers, hitting the female Good Samaritan in the leg.

Reports claim that White then sped off in the car, but was arrested across town on East W.T. Harris Boulevard after a brief chase ended with him crashing into a truck.

"This is not his first time assaulting a female," said Marcus Philemon of CharMeck CourtWatch. "He was out of jail for less than 24 hours and committing another crime. I'm outraged, that could've been my daughters. The public should be outraged."

CourtWatch members track bonds and sentencing of repeat offenders. Philemon said White, who has been arrested more than a dozen times in two years, is a textbook case of someone slipping through the cracks of the judicial system.

"If you look through his criminal history, almost all of the bonds end up being reduced or secured," noted Philemon. "He is a convicted felon and has four Failure to Appears. According to the guidelines, this individual should be given much higher bonds."

NBC Charlotte asked the District Attorney's Office about White, but since there are pending cases against him, it could not comment. 

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