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Four charged in fatal Halifax home invasion

Posted December 24, 2011

— Halifax County authorities have arrested three men and are seeking a fourth suspect in connection with a drug-related home invasion in which two other suspects were shot.

Authorities said that several armed men burst into a Short Street home in Littleton Wednesday night, and the resident fired back, killing Ricardo Harley, 20, and wounding Kayman Northington, 41. Harley was wearing body armor.

Investigators said the resident was protecting himself and will not be charged. Northington faces first-degree burglary and other charges.

On Saturday, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Rynel Tyreek Gaines, 24, Raymond Curtis Belcher, 43, and Deunta Quamae Squire, 22, all of Roanoke Rapids, on charges of first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

They were given separate $200,000 bonds and scheduled to appear in court Feb. 1.

Investigators are still searching for Rodney Lee Miles Jr., 21, who faces the same charges. He is believed to frequent the Roanoke Rapids and Gaston areas.

Anyone with information about Miles' whereabouts is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve cases.

Northington was on probation for a May conviction for possessing stolen goods and has multiple assault, larceny and breaking and entering convictions dating to 1987, according to state Department of Correction records. He has served a total of about two years in jail for 23 misdemeanor convictions in North Carolina and a single felony drug conviction in Virginia.

DOC records also show that Belcher has been convicted of assault and battery and drug possession, and Miles of simple assault.


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