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Halifax home invasion suspect shot through body armor

Posted December 23, 2011

— Halifax sheriff's deputies are looking for the crooks who got away after a drug-related home invasion led to a shootout that left one man dead despite the body armor he was wearing.

The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids reports (http://bit.ly/uGkzXV) three armed men burst into a home on Short Street in Littleton Wednesday night.

Sheriff's Lt. Bobby Martin says the home's resident fired back, killing Ricardo Harley, 20, and wounding a second intruder, Kayman Northington, 41. Northington faces first-degree burglary and other charges.

Martin says the robbery was drug-related but gave no other details.

He said the resident was protecting himself and his home and will not be charged.

The third intruder and a fourth robber who waited outside the home got away and are being sought.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

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.


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  • Gnathostomata Dec 23, 2011

    23 misdemeanors got him less that two years? No wonder he thinks it's a joke to steal for a living. Now he has recruited three other guys to get in on the act, and one of them has been killed. It is time to revisit the system, don't you think, and make sure that crime is punished with time and get rid of probation, which obviously does not work. The rest of society does not want nor deserve to have to put up with this element of evil. With the rural areas becoming more of a senior citizen population, there is a need for removal of these criminals. Build a place in the desert for them and let them rob each other. Please!*note: there is no desert in NC...

  • dwntwnboy Dec 23, 2011

    One less critter to deal with in the legal system. Now the other one should be charged with his friend's death as well so we can put him in a cell for a long time where he OBVIOUSLY belongs. Had they not gone into a criminal act together, they would BOTH be alive today. Charge co-defendants with the deaths of their buddies when things like this happen. They are MUCH more at fault than the homeowner.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 23, 2011

    djofraleigh - the fact that this was 'drug related' doesn't mean the guy at home can't defend himself.

    Yeah but it also means he'll have to continue using his gun as long as he has that "stash" and thats the problem. My guess is this; if 4 people ranned in this guys house they knew he had "valuable goods" and they'll be back to finish the job.

  • Tax Man Dec 23, 2011

    And one more felon is off the streets permanently. Great work, especially since the criminal was wearing body armor! Need to charge the other 3 with murder in commission of a felony and lock them up forever. Glad the resident was able to defend himself, but don't understand what "drug related" really means. Did the resident have drugs and these folks were trying to steal them? Anyway, glad they got one!

  • Viewer Dec 23, 2011

    If I had sold the guy some defective body armor I'd think seriously about taking a quick trip to California. His friends might be angry.

  • CanAm Dec 23, 2011

    Maybe he thought that's what Under Armor was for!

  • djofraleigh Dec 23, 2011

    Too bad Eve Carson didn't have something to shoot back with...and the fact that this was 'drug related' doesn't mean the guy at home can't defend himself. Northington will be back on the street in a few years if he gives up a couple of names and works a deal.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 23, 2011

    ..."He said the resident was protecting himself < AND, LOL, HIS STASH!! > and his home and will not be charged...."

  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 23, 2011

    We'll this certainly change my perception of the homeowner after finding out this was just another drug related incident. Drugs -> Robbery -> Murder... typical.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 23, 2011

    Criminals killing criminals...not such bad news...!!!