You remember American Idol's Scotty McCreery, right? Wholesome country kid with the surprisingly deep voice? He won the Idol competition in 2011, was named best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards the next year, and returned to Idol this week to perform his current single "Feelin' It." So he's doing pretty well these days, except for a truly awful incident that happened to him in Raleigh, N.C. on May 5th.
News broke earlier this month that McCreery had been the victim of an armed robbery, and he's just revealed the details of the home invasion to Music Times. It sounds beyond terrifying -- in fact, McCreery and his friends are lucky to be alive.
McCreery says he and some friends were watching Gladiator at a friend's apartment when they heard a knock at the door:
One of the guys who lived there, he just figured it was a neighbor. He looked through his peep-hole -- the guys didn't have a mask or gloves, so he didn't look suspicious at all.
Once the door was cracked, though, three men who had been standing out of view pushed their way into the apartment:
As soon as the door opened an inch, they barged in, guns waving. The first guy in the room had an assault rifle, and he put that right against the sternum of the guy who opened the door. The main guy, who was casing the living room, he had a pistol to my head and a pistol at another guy's head. It definitely puts your life in perspective when you're staring down the barrel of a pistol.
The armed men took wallets, cash, and electronics before leaving. One of the men has since turned himself in and was arrested on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy, while the other two remain at large.
Seriously frightening, right? I can't even imagine. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the invasion, but it could have easily had a tragic ending.
Sounds like a horrible experience for McCreery, but overall he seems very positive about his life these days:
I'm as busy as I've ever been. Things are finally starting to click for me, career-wise, with road and radio. Things are pointing in the right direction.
Good for him. Here's hoping the next time he makes headlines has nothing to do with having a gun pointed to his head.
Image via ScottyMcCreery.com