WILMINGTON, N.C. – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is facing criminal charges after authorities said he led a group of armed people to the wrong home in a search for a missing girl.
New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said Friday that Jordan Kita, who worked in the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, will be charged with trespassing and breaking and entering.
Kita led an armed group May 3 to the home of Dameon Shepard, a senior at Laney High School in Wilmington, according to James W. Lea, a lawyer for Shepard’s family who is preparing a civil lawsuit.
The all-white group tried unsuccessfully to force its way into the home of Shepard, who is black, news outlets reported.
“As I proceeded to go out of my bedroom into the living room, he had already come to the front door and had the door open and that’s when they were trying to get into the house," Shepard’s mother, Monica, told News4Jax.
Investigators said Kita was looking for Lekayda Kempisty, a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing earlier that day. She was later found safe.
In its effort to find Lekayda, Kita’s group was searching for someone named Josiah who used to live next door.