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Suspects still at large in Lewiston home invasion

LEWISTON – An early morning armed home invasion here sent one man to the hospital with minor injuries and left an elderly woman frightened and shaken, while the suspects remain at large.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley says on Nov. 2, two male subjects armed with handguns entered a residence on Birch Road in Lewiston while the occupants were still at home.

An elderly woman and her grandson were accosted by the subjects with both victims held at gunpoint.  During the course of the incident, the grandmother’s hands were bound behind her back and the grandson was struck in the head and assaulted. He later was treated at the hospital for his injuries.

During the course of the home invasion, several unnamed items were burglarized and taken from the residence as the suspects are believed to have left on foot through the woods.

Holley says the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call around 9 a.m. and Detective Sgt. Harris Williams arrived on scene within several minutes, as other Sheriff’s units also responded and a search commenced.

“Once other units began to arrive, a perimeter was setup in the area where the victims believed the suspects ran when they left the home,” Holley said.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety assisted in the search by providing a bloodhound to try and pick up a trail. Officers scoured the area for much of the morning, but the suspects were not located during the law enforcement search.

Holley says the investigation is ongoing and anyone that may have any information about this incident is asked to contact the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office at 252-794-5330.