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Fayetteville couple recount harrowing home invasion

Posted January 27, 2014

— The quiet of Annie and John Williams' home on Southern Avenue in Fayetteville was shattered last Thursday night when a man they knew burst through their back door and threatened them with hedge clippers.

"He hit me on top of the head and ran and got her, though, and grabbed her by the hair of the head and stuck that thing on her left-hand side of her neck, right ready where he could stick it in her," John Williams, 84, said Monday.

Annie Williams, 81, has been recovering from a stroke.

"Then, he started hollering, 'Give me your damn billfold. Give me your damn billfold,'" John Williams said. "I said, 'I ain't got one, man. I ain't got a billfold.'"

The intruder snatched several hundred dollars out of John Williams' pocket and searched the house for more money before shoving the couple into a bathroom and tying the door closed.

"It got quiet for just a second, and I snatched the door and broke the rope and came out," John Williams said. "But by that time, he done hit the road, though."

Sonny Stetson, 45, was arrested Sunday and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

The Williamses said they had let Stetson, who is homeless, stay in a mobile home in their backyard previously. They said he took about $3,000 from them, but they were counting their blessings that they weren't harmed.

Stetson was being held Monday in the Cumberland County jail under a $50,000 bond.

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