On Monday night, in Lumberton, N.C. a homeowner’s worst nightmare came true. According to the Robeson Sheriff’s Office, an innocent knock at the door turned into a gun battle with one dead.
Carolina Live, citing the Roberson Sheriff’s Office, said around 10 p.m. an unknown man knocked on the door of a home along Yedda Road. The man reportedly told the homeowner his car was having mechanical problems, and he needed water.
Just as this was happening, according to Carolina Live, two other men, dressed in black with ski masks and gloves busted through the door and made their way inside. Once the suspects made their way in, it was soon apparent they weren’t just there for money.
According to News 2, after the suspects led the 67-year-old and his wife back to a safe, they also attempted to gang rape the homeowner’s 19-year-old granddaughter.
The grandfather, knowing he was in the fight of his life to save his granddaughter, managed to get one of his own guns and according to News 2 began to fire at the suspects. During an intense gun battle, the grandfather was reportedly hit multiple times – and so were the suspects. The granddaughter managed to escape the clutch of the men.
The gunmen, according to the report, fled in the homeowner’s Cadillac.
Two other suspects showed up later to a local hospital in Dillon after their gunshot wound became too much for them to deal with. The hospital, according to reports, notified the sheriff’s office.
As for the 67-year-old victim, he was airlifted and had to have surgery. News 2 said a relative, Sherri Bridgeman, updated followers on her Facebook page about the victim’s condition saying, “He is out of surgery but is still critical in ICU!! Thanks everyone for all your prayers just keep them coming!!! But the intruders have been caught!!!”
The other two suspects were taken by helicopter to another location where they had to have emergency surgery as well. News 2 said they have been identified as Jamar Hawkins, 17, and Brandon Carver Stephens, 28 (pictured above). According to Major Anthony Thompson, of Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the two suspects were booked in the Florence County Detention Center as of Thursday night.
Information gathered by investigators led them to the stolen car where they found 20-year-old Jamie Lee Faison. He reportedly died from his injuries.
It’s possible the men have allegedly committed other robberies in the area. If you know anything about these suspects, please contact Robeson Sheriff’s Office.