Arrests made in Home Invasion

Published 5:46 pm Friday, September 12, 2008

PENDLETON—Four men have been arrested in connection to a home invasion that occurred near here nine months ago.

Northampton County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Detective Brenda Burnette said Antonio Freeman, 19 of Roanoke Rapids, Karon Moses, 18 of Seaboard, Jamal Thomas, 19 of Margrettsville and Coatney Williams, 23 of Seaboard have all been arrested and each are facing several charges for the home invasion. The arrests were made on September 5 and 6.

The crime occurred in December 2007 on at a home Vaughan Creek Road near Pendleton.

In the home invasion, two of the suspects, allegedly Moses and Freeman, cut a telephone line to the residence before making entrance through the back door by shooting out the lock.

Once inside they found the female homeowner alone and held her at gun point. Burnette said the female victim was allegedly assaulted.

The suspects then stole several items from the home, including clothing, jewelry and cash.

Sometime during the home invasion the female victim’s teenage son along with his friend, a 17-year-old male, came home.

Burnette said the woman’s teen son entered the home and called out his mother’s name. He was then met by one of the suspects, who told the teen to get out of the house.

Once leaving the home the teen yelled to his friend, who was waiting in a car, to run.

Burnette said when the friend got out of the car and began to run he heard a gun-shot and felt pain. One of the suspects had allegedly shot the 17 year old in the face and neck area with a shotgun.

The teen’s injuries were not life threatening.

Burnette said all four of the suspects were already behind bars in two local jails for unrelated charges at the time of the arrests. Freeman, Moses and Thomas are in Northampton County while Williams is in Halifax County.

Moses, Thomas and Williams were charged with a larceny of a firearm, first degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and injury to real property.

Burnette said Freeman is also facing those charges as well as additional charges, including attempted first degree murder, first degree sexual offense, attempted first degree rape, two counts of assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Thomas and Moses were arrested and returned to the Northampton County Jail under a $300,000 bond each. Freeman was arrested and returned to Northampton County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Burnette said Williams was arrested and returned to Halifax County Jail under a $60,000 bond.

Burnette said the suspects have already had their first appearance in court. Their probable cause hearing is set for September 25.

Tips from the community were helpful in obtaining warrants for the arrests, Burnette said.

Burnette thanked those who assisted her on the case, including the Murfreesboro Police Department and Hertford County Sheriff’s Office. Burnette said those agencies were helpful when she was in the Pendleton area.

“I’m glad we could bring some closure to the victims,” she said.