Couple arrested in assault against Moore County 89-year-old
Posted October 13, 2015
Moore County, N.C. — A husband and wife were arrested in Winston-Salem on Monday in connection with an armed robbery and assault against and 89-year-old Moore County woman.
Stephen Ray Lanning, 27, and his wife Courtney Jo Lanning, 27, went to the home of Elizabeth Pofahl at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and assaulted her, said Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey. Authorities said that Stephen Lanning forced his way into the home, choked and beat Pofahl with a pistol, then took her purse and left the home.
Charges for armed robbery and assault are currently pending against Stephen Lanning. He was being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond on Tuesday for a variety of other charges including breaking and entering a religious worship building, felony larceny, four counts of larceny of a credit card, one count of possession of stolen property, two counts of probation violation and possession of heroin.
Courtney Jo Lanning was being held at the Moore County Detention Center under $50,000 bond Tuesday for breaking and entering, communicating threats, misdemeanor child abuse, robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping.