Woods search nabs alleged robber

Published 10:01 am Monday, January 14, 2013

WINDSOR – An alert individual helped Bertie County law enforcement officers track down a person who allegedly broke into another man’s home.

Onterrion M. Murphy

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley reported that his office received a call shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday that someone had broken into a residence on Cooper Hill Road.

According to information received by the sheriff’s deputies, a neighbor was going by the home and saw a person who appeared to be knocking at a door. Seeing the father of the man who lived at the house, he asked if anyone should be there and the father said no.

The father then made his way to his son’s residence where he reportedly found the front door had been kicked in. He then walked to the rear of the residence and saw a black male exiting the home with his son’s money jar.

The father chased the suspect into the woods. The suspect dropped the jar and ran across N.C. 308 and into the woods.

The first deputy arrived on the scene within 10 minutes of the call.

Holley said Narcotics Sgt. Dwayne Outlaw and Officer Martin Phelps were in the woods and saw the suspect. Upon the suspect being spotted, Holley, Deputy Alvin Hendricks and others went into the woods to help secure his arrest.

Following the search, deputies arrested Onterrion Markieth Murphy, 33, of Main Street in Kelford.

Murphy was charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering. He was placed in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail under a $60,000 secured bond. He made his first appearance in court Thursday.