Wow! You no longer have to be an NBA player to get arrested at a pro basketball game these days (but it helps). The once proud league is now letting people into special “VIP areas” who are wanted for murder. Granted, the VIP in question, Earle Barranco, 24, is innocent until proven guilty, but you’d think there’d be a little more security than that, wouldn’t you? What about the safety of real VIPs like . . . OJ Simpson?
A man wanted in a deadly shooting in New York City was arrested Saturday night at a Bobcats game in Charlotte. Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and state and federal agents arrested 24-year-old Earle Barranco during the NBA game, according to police.
Undercover officers captured Barranco in one of the VIP areas of Time Warner Cable arena around 7:45 p.m., according to WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner. Police said he was arrested without incident. The game wasn’t interrupted by the police activity.
Bobcats’ spokesman Michael Thompson said he didn’t know which VIP box Barranco was in. Barranco, 24, was in the Mecklenburg jail Sunday with no bond, awaiting an extradition hearing. New York police said Barranco shot 28-year-old Corey Scott twice in the head and three times in the back after a confrontation two weeks ago at the Good Stuff Diner on 14th Street in New York City. Scott was killed instantly.