Murder suspect’s brother arrested in Creekwood killing


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Submitted: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 8:16pm
Updated: Wed, 09/21/2011 - 12:43pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A pair of brothers are now charged with a murder last week in Wilmington’s Creekwood community.

Jermaine Hankins, 21, made his first appearance in New Hanover County Court this morning. Police say after several days on the run, Hankins turned himself in Monday. He now joins his 17-year-old brother Tevin, who police also charged with the murder in Creekwood last week. Jermaine Hankins is also charged with attempted murder and burglary.

“It hurts me to see both of them in this situation, because no one is winning in this situation,” said a man who lives near the scene of the crime. He said he knows the Hankins brothers. He did not want us to show his face or say his name, because he is afraid of what could happen to him for speaking publicly. “It’s kind of scary to think that somebody would just run in your house and gun you down.”

But that’s what happened late Wednesday night when police say a group of five or six men chased Jonathan Jones, 19, and Joseph Hanible, 24, into a home on North 30th Street and shot them. Hanible went to the hospital, but there’s no word on how he’s doing.

It’s the latest example of violent crime in this public housing project.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood for a while, and it’s like people aren’t learning from other people’s mistakes,” the neighbor said. Afraid of being the next victim, he said he wants others in the neighborhood to realize that violence is not the answer.

Jermaine Hankins also was already scheduled to be in court today for drug charges.

Police say the murder investigation is still open.

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69 Comments on "Murder suspect’s brother arrested in Creekwood killing"


ashamed of ya'll
2015 years 8 months ago

1. First off this family DID NOT LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING!!!
2. The boys come from a VERY GOOD HOME, with a mother and father who raised them right!!!
3. Both boys even attended church regular!!

ALL WE CAN DO AS PARENTS IS RAISE OUR CHILDREN THE RIGHT WAY….WHAT THEY DO OUT ON THEIR OWN IS NOT A REFLECTION OF THEIR UP BRINGING.
STOP SAYING STUFF THAT IS WRONG AND INCORRECT,ESP WHEN IT MAKESYOU LOOK LIKE A BIGOT!!!

SurfCityTom
2015 years 8 months ago

for the posters to remove the barrier to my further comments.

One poster said, give them a break; he didn’t know what brought them to it. So insightful; I guess it’s okay to take another’s life if we have cause. Why let the judicial system do its job when you can just become vigilantes.

Another poster said, they did not live in public housing. They had good parents. That may well be. BUT, something is wrong when two brothers are implicated in a murder and an armed assault on another.

That same poster said they went to church together. Great; I guess they missed the lesson about turning the other cheek.

Another poster said there was a great football and college future for one. Come into the light and see the foolishness of your comments. Perhaps college is available when one is sentenced and incarcerated. But, in today’s time, forget a free ride in college; you would be lucky to even gain admission.

And to those who would stress they are innocent no matter what is posted or reported, get real. Bail would not be $2 million each if there was even the sloightest shred of doubt or if they did not pose a threat to disappear.

For all of you who want to be defenders, why not go to the other report on Little Bro’s arrest and just copy & paste your favorite defense posting?

2015 years 8 months ago

when their trial(s) start, unless they’re allowed to plea to a lesser offense. Then it will be up to 12 people to decide whether to convict or not. At this point, they stand accused of the murder…at that’s it…but in the court of public opinion…they’re guilty.

Guest20
2015 years 8 months ago

Your comments would carry a lot more weight if he hadn’t been hanging around in Creekwood with bad guys and murdered someone.

He got caught in the same trap that they all get caught in…hanging around with the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t matter if they’re a straight A students, grew up in the fanciest neighborhoods in town, and sat in the front pew at church every Sunday. They’re still hanging around with bad guys in bad areas of town at all hours of the day and night. As the old saying goes, “If you lay down with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas”.

Guest461
2015 years 8 months ago

…and switched it for gun, thug and drug life. I hear a lot of comments about these two young men, especially the young one. A friend of mine says he sat in front of his daughter in class, was a star football player and was very intelligent.

These two young men had what it takes to make a success out of themselves, but chose to get caught up in a thug-drug lifestyle. They decided to take the law into their own hands and commit murder. It’s a real shame that young men with such potential purposely threw their entire lives away due to their concious decision making. This is THEIR fault, nobody elses!

I feel sorry for their parents, but I feel even more sorry for the young people that could’ve used these young men as positive influences in their lives. I don’t feel sorry for the young men themselves. They had success in the palms of their hands and threw it away forever. It was their decision and they will pay dearly for the rest of their lives.