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Scotty McCreery, friends held at gunpoint in home-invasion robbery

'We just thought it was a bunch of college students partying,' neighbor says after home-invasion robbery.

Scotty McCreery, the country music singer who got his start winning "American Idol" in 2011, was a victim of a home-invasion robbery early Monday morning in Raleigh, N.C.

McCreery and four others present at the condominium were unhurt after three armed men barged in, according to WRAL-TV. The condo is near North Carolina State University, where the singer is a sophomore. He was there visiting friends shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. 

The "See You Tonight" crooner posted a statement Monday afternoon.

"Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily, my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case," he said. "I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation."

He gave a shout-out to those who'd sent prayers and other support, and offered a "big thank you" to the Raleigh Police Department for its quick response. 

Wallets, money and cellphones were among the items taken, the TV station said. The guys in the apartment were held at gunpoint after being told to lie facedown on the floor. 

"They took everything we had," said an unidentified man who called 911 about five minutes after the robbers left. He told the operator he'd been in a bedroom sleeping when they arrived. 

Neighbors told WTVD-TV that they'd heard people charging up the stairs and then yelling. 

"We just thought it was a bunch of college students partying" until police arrived, one neighbor said.

McCreery had, ironically, tweeted "Worst morning of my life" around 11 a.m. Sunday. At the time, he was dealing with possible flight delays on his way home from concert dates Thursday, Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; and Birmingham, Ala.

Think this scary episode now tops the "Feelin It" singer's "worst" list?

 

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