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Attempted murder charges against Enfield man reflect gang activity

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An Enfield man who skipped bond on a 2015 murder charge and was wanted in an attempted murder last month was apprehended today.

Yancey Taphil


Charges filed against Taphil Jerome Yancey, 25, reflect the July 24 shooting as well as the 2015 murder is tied to gang activity.

Enfield police Detective Willie Murphy Jr. said this evening the attempted murder is apparently related to a dispute between sets of Blood gang members.

Chief Tyree Davis said in a statement Yancey was arrested around 11 a.m. with assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation’s special response team. Yancey was arrested at a residence on North Dennis Street.

“We sad several anonymous callers and Facebook messages he had been spotted in the area,” Murphy said. “He had been more or less hiding in the area.”

The police department continues to look for Khiry Dickens in the case, Murphy said.

Yancey was jailed on $1,300,000 bond — $1 million for the attempted murder charges and $300,000 for failure to appear. He has August 9 and 21 court dates.

He faces charges of possession of a firearm by felon, felony discharge a firearm as part of criminal gang activity, felony conspiracy, felony discharge a weapon into an occupied vehicle, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, misdemeanor going armed to the terror of the people, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Yancey was also served with outstanding warrants for murder and soliciting gang activity, Davis said in the statement.

The murder charges are related to the 2015 murder of Jarshamel Cambridge, Murphy confirmed.

Cambridge was killed in July of 2015 and several people were arrested by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Those arrested include Jamonte Green; Tony Hill; Jequan Kimble; Daquon Marrow; Matthew Simms; Dexter Taylor; Kenneth Westcott and Yancey.

Sheriff Wes Tripp at the time said the Cambridge murder was tied to gang activity but there was no evidence to tie Cambridge, 20 at the time of his death, to gang activity.

It is unclear whether the recent attempted murder was tied to the shooting death of Cambridge, Murphy said.

The attempted murder occurred on Bell Street shortly after 7 p.m.

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