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Police probe home invasions

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, December 14, 2018

Two homes were invaded in Rocky Mount this over the past two days with both resulting in aggravated assaults and one resulting in a kidnapping.

Rocky Mount police responded to a call at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday on the 800 block of Lancaster Street. The victims said four residents — including two adults and two children — were asleep inside the home when the adults woke up to the sound of banging.

Three suspects armed with long guns reportedly forced their way into the home, assaulted the man and forced the other members of the household into a room while they robbed the residence, committing what Sgt. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said is termed “forcible residential burglary” and aggravated assault. 

The suspects are described as black men who were wearing black pants, black hoodies and gloves as they fled the scene, Summerline said. 

A pair of armed men forced their way into a home about 2 a.m. Wednesday on the 2000 block of Bethlehem Road. The suspects reportedly assaulted the male resident of the home and kidnapped the woman at gunpoint.

They then forced the woman to drive to T. J. Maxx and disable the alarm codes so the suspects could steal an undisclosed amount of cash, Summerlin said. The suspects, who were described as wearing black clothing except for blue jeans, then fled the scene, leaving the woman at T.J. Maxx, where she notified police of the incident.

Summerlin said it is not known whether there is any connection between the two cases, which remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information. All tips are kept confidential.

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