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Couple tied up, robbed at gunpoint in Louisburg home

Posted March 18

— Franklin County deputies are searching for three men who tied up and robbed a couple at gunpoint inside their home Friday.

“This ordeal was 20 minutes of terror,” Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said.

The men, wearing masks, forced their way into the home on Gold Sand Road near Louisburg. The couple, a 65-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman, had lived at the residence for 40 years.

The incident happened after someone knocked on the front door, Jones said. When the male victim asked who was knocking while opening the door, the suspects forced their way in.

The man was hit on the head before he and his wife were forced to the ground at gunpoint and tied up with a cord from inside the home. The suspects took money, two guns and ransacked the house.

Neighbors are shaken over the incident.

“This is ridiculous,” said Mary Roberson. “They work and lose their hard-earned income. And when you work hard, as much as people around here do, something needs to be done about it. I think justice needs to be served."

The couple is recovering but remain emotionally shaken, Jones said.

“The comfort zone and the safety of being at home is gone for this couple that had lived there for 40 years,” he said. “We want to catch these people and we want to get them into the court system.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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  • sallyquality Mar 20, 2:21 p.m.

    Sad how personal these posts get. At this point in my life, I do not feel I need to be carrying a weapon with me everywhere I go. In all honesty, I've never needed one yet. I am not a gun hater. My spouse hunts and has guns. I am just not sure the answer is to arm people without extreme caution. The day my spouse gets a CCP, I will fear for myself and others. Bad tempers and guns are not a good mix.

  • btneast Mar 20, 9:01 a.m.

    [bI've also heard an been told by an employee at a gun store, that if you ever shoot anyone (who has broken in your home) to shoot to kill. NOT injure. He said if you simply injure them, they can sue you. ][/b]

    For goodness sakes, please don't rely on information you "heard" from a gun store employee. Working at a gun store does not make anyone an expert on the law. It's a good way to get yourself in deep trouble.

  • Objective Scientist Mar 19, 7:58 p.m.

    I've also heard an been told by an employee at a gun store, that if you ever shoot anyone (who... View More

    — Posted by Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson

    Anyone can always "sue"... the question is... will the suit be successful. In the case you describe, I would think not.

  • datenobunaga2 Mar 19, 6:37 p.m.

    I would have to search close to home because people dont just decide to rob mobile homes. No offense I live in one. The perps could live in the are or have friend that live in the area and knew that they were elderly. Word might have gotten out that the couple had some guns and money lying around and then they ransacked the home for whatever else. Either way, it just seems odd to risk being caught robbing this home. This is why I always look out the window and if I dont know them I talk to them from the other side of the door. Common sense precautions will save you a lot of heartache. They couldn't even get to their gun in time because they has already compromised the sanctity of their house by opening the door and then the perp was free to bust on in. Even with a firearm or home security system you need to think strategically.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Mar 19, 5:57 p.m.

    I've also heard an been told by an employee at a gun store, that if you ever shoot anyone (who has broken in your home) to shoot to kill. NOT injure. He said if you simply injure them, they can sue you. That is absolutely ridiculous! I hope the laws have changed, since I was told this, several years ago! A criminal should not be able to sue you, for breaking in your house and getting shot! That's actually funny, because that theory is so absurd!

  • Objective Scientist Mar 19, 5:39 p.m.

    Another tidbit from CCP instruction: There was a lady in my class who had been "threatened" with physical harm by her former "boy friend" weeks ago. She was under the impression that since he had threatened her with physical harm the next time she saw him she could pull out her handgun and "blow him away"! She was extremely disappointed when the instructor told her she could NOT do that! If an existing "threat" withdraws before you take defensive action - you may not use deadly force on that person - unless they "return" and become a threat again to you. If that person again moves toward you and threatens you - YES. You may use deadly force if you fear for your life or significant bodily injury. A past threat is NOT license to "fire at will" the next time you encounter that person!

  • Objective Scientist Mar 19, 5:17 p.m.

    Shooting through the door? Someone is climbing through the window and you shoot him... he falls back out... do you need to pull him halfway back in? Etc., etc. My CCP instruction, who at that time had literally written the book used in CCP courses state-wide, basically said this: If someone has an ax and/or some sort of "tool" and is attempting to break down your door and/or window to gain entry... the likelihood they may do you harm if they gain entry is quite high. Please note that this is far beyond a simple "knock" on the door! The instructor felt that it would be highly unlikely that a jury would convict anyone under such circumstances if you were to shoot through the door. Likewise with the window... you don't need to "drag them halfway back in"! If you are "protecting" yourself and/or your family from serious injury/death you may use deadly force. If that same person were to be using the ax or whatever to beat your car in your driveway... you may NOT use deadly force!

  • cinnamon16 Mar 19, 5:07 p.m.

    Get a gun..learn to use it and protect what you have that you have worked for. If enough get shot maybe that will keep home invasions down.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Mar 19, 4:40 p.m.

    I honestly think, IF the couple saw any noticeable characteristics at all (such as height, weight, accent, or color) it really should be put out there. Maybe they didn't see a thing. I don't know, but if they were able to convey that it was, in fact, three men; that would lead me to conclude that maybe, just maybe, they could tell if they were thin, heavy, short, tall. If they were black. White. Again, I'm not saying they saw the men, just really and honestly, judging from the article, I think it's safe to say, while they did NOT see the men's faces, surely they could point something out about them! Just my opinion. :-)

  • LetsBeFair Mar 19, 4:23 p.m.

    huh ... 3 men ... that's the best description they can come up with?

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