Home invasion suspect charged with attempted murder, held on $2M bond

Home invasion suspect charged with attempted murder, held on $2M bond
Rashiem Darnell Mooring

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man accused in a gang-related home invasion on Christmas Eve last year, during which his alleged accomplice was killed, has been arrested.

Rashiem Mooring, 25, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon conspiracy, and first-degree burglary. He was arrested in Sanford and returned to New Hanover County on Thursday, according to officials, where he is being held under a $2 million bond.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2017, authorities with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported death at a mobile home on Silver Lake Road. The body of Hakim Hanifah, 31, of Wilmington, was found lying on the ground outside of the residence near a vehicle. Another vehicle was sitting in front of the residence with the driver door open, the document notes.

In an interview with investigators, the homeowner said he was in bed watching television with his girlfriend when he heard someone attempting to break into the residence, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant.

"(The homeowner) got out his handgun and they saw a hand enter the bedroom door," the document states. "He claims that at this time someone fired a handgun at him and he returned fire with his own firearm inside the residence."

He then reportedly ran out of the residence into the wooded area and his girlfriend went to a local business and called 911, the document states.

Prior to investigators' arrival, Hanifah's brother arrived on scene and entered the residence. The document does not indicate what preceded his arrival.

"He stated that he immediately saw blood and backed out of the residence without touching anything," the document states.

Officials previously said Hanifah, a validated gang member, was one of two suspects in the alleged break-in.

Note: WECT has chosen not to identify the homeowner, who is named in the search warrant, as he has not been charged with any crimes.

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