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Fayetteville couple beaten in home invasion

Posted May 26, 2014

— A Fayetteville couple was seriously injured early Monday when they were attacked in their home, police said.

Officers were called to 1906 Slater Ave. shortly before 5:30 a.m. and found John McNeill, 70, and Joyce McNeill, 54, suffering from head trauma and other injuries, police said.

The couple's grandson, Malcolm Underwood, said they were in the habit of unlocking the front door while they waited for a ride to dialysis. On Monday, the intruder took advantage of that habit to attack them.

"He had acquired some type of weapon and began making demands to the couple to give up any money that they had." Lt. Todd Joyce of the Fayetteville Police Department said. "When they didn't have anything to give him, he started assault them, and he hit them with this object."

The intruder then fled the house on foot. Because of the darkness before dawn, the couple didn't get a good look at their attacker.

John McNeill was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he was listed in serious condition. Joyce McNeill was listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

"Why would it take someone to do this? I mean, if they didn't have the money, just leave," Joyce said. "You didn't have to do this, and now they're in serious condition."

Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • ossiferbob May 28, 2014

    How can we make good decisions about our own safety if we don't get the details?
    -Suspect description, all that is known! It's public record.
    -Did the victims, or any others present, have a criminal record, perhaps, such as
    DRUG DEALING, or not?

  • Confucius say May 27, 2014

    No descriptions?

  • wayneboyd May 27, 2014

    The person responsible, should be forced under threat of bodily harm, work and to 100% support this couple for the rest of their natural lives.

  • Karen Orndorff May 27, 2014
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    Poor folks, I pray they recover. Old folks have it bad these days with people trying to take advantage of them.

  • Forthe Newssite May 27, 2014
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    Not sure why someone would look at that house and think it had stuff worth stealing!

    Those poor folks, live to that age to then be treated like this......I hope they recover fully and quickly and that the scum that did this is quickly caught, tried AND sentenced for a long time!