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3 arrested in connection to Cary home invasion, kidnapping

Posted June 18
Updated June 20

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— Police on Saturday arrested and charged three men in connection to a home invasion and kidnapping in Cary earlier this week.

On Thursday around 2 a.m., five men forced their way into a home on Sandy Whispers Place and held the homeowners at gunpoint, stole valuables from the home and forced one person to go to a nearby ATM to withdraw cash. An SUV stolen from the victim's house was later found burning in Durham.

Police said tips from the public and a multi-jurisdictional effort led to the arrests of the three people.

John Battle, 23, of Dawkins Street, Durham, is charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony second-degree kidnapping and felony first-degree burglary. Tycorey Tabron, 24, of Old Zebulon Road, Wendell, and Justin Atwater, 16, of Dawkins Street, Durham, were both charged with felony accessory after the fact. All three are being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

"Thanks to near round-the-clock media coverage and posts on social media, we are able to begin bringing closure to the family who fell victim to this horrible incident," Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a statement. "Our investigation is continuing, and we again ask anyone with information related to these people or the invasion to call (us)."

Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Town of Cary's non-emergency line at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636.


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  • Craig Elliott Jun 19, 2:43 p.m.
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    I want to agree with you. The idea that this family was targeted completely at random is unsettling- and unlikely.

  • Norman Lewis Jun 19, 12:38 a.m.
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    If these guys had selected my home, the police would have three deceased criminals and be looking for only two more. This was no random crime, this family was selected. We have not seen the end of this story.

  • Joey Cuddington Jun 18, 8:04 p.m.
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    I wonder if they know just how lucky they are this was not my home....bang x's 3. Thanks for a great job law officers!!!!

  • Reggie Berryman Jun 18, 1:33 p.m.
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    These knuckleheads terrifies a family, destroy a $30,000 vehicle, will cost taxpayers thousands to defend them, and if they're incarcerated the taxpayers will spend thousands more to take care of them....All for a few hundred dollars...SMH!

  • Alex De Lara Jun 18, 11:00 a.m.
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    I have mixed feeling on police letting out that they got tips or any form of source... this should be kept hidden from everywhere so not to alert the crooks.. but granted: they don't read news, they wouldn't know :-)

  • Dona Hill Jun 18, 10:31 a.m.
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    Now they go to prison and are approached to convert to a radicalized form of Islam. Read about it. They are exactly the profile that terrorists want. ISIS even tweeted during the Ferguson riots.

  • Jj Parker Jun 18, 9:00 a.m.
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    Lock them all up and throw away the key forever!!!!!

    Great work to all LE agencies for getting these THINGS off the street.

  • Eric Bohlen Jun 18, 8:52 a.m.
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    I'm shocked they are from Durham

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 18, 8:45 a.m.
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    Put them all in a cage and keep them off the streets.....forever.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jun 18, 7:59 a.m.
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    Because these criminals lives matter right? They need to rot in prison!