Two teenagers are charged with murdering a popular restaurant owner in Oak Island. Police say the teens waited in bushes near Phillip Cook's house then attacked and robbed him. Cook's body was found last week on his front porch. The cause of death was a severe blow to the head. Investigators arrested 18-year-old Joshua Caudill and 19-year-old James Martin Wednesday morning on drug charges, but soon had enough evidence to charge the teens with Cook's murder. Dave Cooper manages the Ocean Crest Pier next door to the Island way, the restaurant cook owned. Cooper says he's surprised the murder suspects are so young. "That sort of adds an exclamation mark to the world that we're living in, you can't even take for granted the innocence of age," Cooper said. Christine Starnes says Caudill and martin lived right down the road from her. She ran into them from time to time but she never suspected they were capable of murder. Starnes said, "Usually they kept to themselves and the mother is nice too, that's not something I would expect them to have done." Cook's murder is the second on Oak Island in less than six months. In February Katherine Harlow's body was found stabbed to death inside of her home right down the road from the police department. A suspect was arrested in that case as well, but Starnes says she's started locking her door because of the rise in crime on the island. "I grew up here and the crime rate has just gone up. To have it happen right down the road and to be home alone a lot with children, that's scary," Starnes said. Other than the two murders this year, there has not been a murder on Oak Island in at least ten years. Investigators don't know a motive for the murder yet, but drugs may be a factor. Police say they found crystal meth inside the teen's home.
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