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Sampson burglaries, shooting target migrant workers

Posted November 18, 2012

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— Seasonal farm workers appear to have been targeted during four burglaries in Sampson County this weekend, including one in which a 4-year-old boy was shot.

First, a man broke into a mobile home on Plantation Lane outside Clinton about 10:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said, and when he couldn't get into a bedroom, he fired through the door, striking the 4-year-old. The boy's father chased the gunman from the house, but he jumped into a waiting vehicle and fled.

"Within a matter of minutes," authorities got calls about a second burglary a short distance away, said Capt. Eric Pope, with the Sampson County Sheriff's Office. Three armed men burst into a labor camp at 2285 Turkey Highway and took a large television. 

Meanwhile, the injured boy's family drove him to Sampson Regional Medical Center, and he was later airlifted to an undisclosed hospital. He was on life support and in critical condition Sunday. 

Two more similar burglaries happened on Saturday night. All four cases involved migrant workers, and in two cases, the victims were preparing to move, authorities said.

Investigators said it's too early to definitively say the four cases are related, but a fifth attempted robbery and assault in Giddensville Sunday night does not appear to be related, Pope said. The sheriff's office plans to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday.

Pope said the hope is that an open mouth or two can help solve the cases.

"Most criminals have a habit of not being able to keep their mouth shut. I would hate to know I was out there and had that information, and there's a 4-year-old child on life support," Pope said.

Boy, 4, shot in Sampson home invasion Boy, 4, shot in Sampson home invasion

"This kid did nothing to no one, was laying in bed and had many years ahead of him," he added. "And now all of that is in jeopardy. For what? That's what you've got to ask yourself."

Anyone with information should call the Sampson County Sheriff's Office at 910-592-4141. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 910-564-5261.


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  • Rebelyell55 Nov 19, 2012

    Hope these crimminals are caught soon, because once they run out of these type of victims, they'll be starting on another set. Keep em locked and loaded.

  • Kelondris Nov 19, 2012

    Seasonal migrant workers usually have green cards and work on the phones. They usually have cash, because there is no point in putting it in a bank when they are going to send it Western Union back home. That is also why you find so many people renting a home or one apartment, because they send most of their money back home to their families and just keep enough to live off of. Money made here is usually is has more of an impact there.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 19, 2012

    I can't believe people are turning this into an illegal migrant/alien issue!!!- bubbasu1

    What more do you expect on Golo? It is the ‘blame the victim, make excuses for the criminal’ status quo. Every time there is a rape reported people scream ‘why was she walking alone at 3PM on a Saturday at the mall. She should have known better than that”….

  • driverkid3 Nov 19, 2012

    bubbasu1::::I hope all of those that see it as illegal/alien workers never has to experience what that little boy experienced.

    Why don't you take a look at the arrest record that wral has posted. Check Wake county first, then come back and say that.

  • ranmasou Nov 19, 2012

    Those who make comments like "we need to stop making guns so easily available to everyone that wants one" needs to take a step back and realize something. A criminal does not care what the laws are. They are already going to aquire the gun and use it to commit a violent crime. Most likely, they are already felons and are breaking the law by simply having it to begin with. Taking guns away from HONEST peole will not do anything. If you were to find a way to make all the guns in the world disappear, then people well start using knives, swords bows and arrows just like they did before the first gun was ever invented. More people die by car accidents than gun related deaths every year. Do we need to ban cars? Bad people are going to do bad things no matter what laws are passed. The only thing that can be done in this case is pray that this little boy doesn't lose his life over nothing and that the police can find this guy and put him away where he belongs.

  • Stringbean Nov 19, 2012

    "These migrant workers need to arm themselves, the police don;t care about them.".... Sure lets arm the illegal migrant/alien workers that sure will make us safe.

    These illegal migrant/alien workers have lots of cash on hand.This makes them ripe for these kind of things to happen. Most dont pay taxes or deal with banks. So that means lots of cash sitting at home. They file child tax benefits and get big money back with out paying in. Then they get more of our $$$$ for their anchor babys. It a wonderful world isnt it.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 19, 2012

    Or we need to stop making guns so easily available to everyone that wants one. Adding guns fixes nothing as they are much more likely to be used to commit a crime than prevent one.
    Grand Union

    They're not going anywhere so you might as well find another fence to swing for.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 19, 2012

    So the father didnt see the man well enough to give a description, I notice there isnt on in the article. That tells me 2 things either the witness didnt see him or well ya know WRAL will tend to skimp on details of suspects from time to time to keep everyone calm.

  • Grand Union Nov 19, 2012

    "These migrant workers need to arm themselves, the police don;t care about them."

    Or we need to stop making guns so easily available to everyone that wants one. Adding guns fixes nothing as they are much more likely to be used to commit a crime than prevent one.

  • Grand Union Nov 19, 2012

    "This is an obvious hate crime. Where are the Reverends Barber and Jackson railing against the injustice of targeting people because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or country of origin?"

    And you wonder why you lost the election......