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Lumberton man kills one, wounds two during home invasion, sex assault

Posted October 24, 2014

Brandon Carver Stephens, left, and Jamar Hawkins

— A Lumberton man exchanged gunfire with three men who burst into his home Monday night and tried to rape his granddaughter, killing one and wounding the others, authorities said.

Kenneth Byrd, 67, was shot several times in the exchange and was in serious condition at an undisclosed hospital earlier this week.

Byrd's wife and 19-year-old granddaughter told investigators that a man knocked on the door of their home on Yedda Road on Monday night and asked for water because he was having mechanical problems with his car. Two masked men dressed in black and armed with handguns then forced their way into the home and demanded money.

The Byrds were forced into the back of the house and ordered to open a safe, but authorities said they haven't yet determined what was stolen from the house.

The three intruders then tried to rape the Byrds' granddaughter, so Byrd grabbed a weapon inside the house and opened fire on the men, authorities said. The trio fled the home and drove off in Byrd's gold Cadillac.

The Lumberton County Sheriff's Office later received a call from McLeod Hospital in Dillon, S.C., where two men were being treated for gunshot wounds. Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, of Fairmont, and Jamar Hawkins, 17, of  Lumberton, were airlifted to another hospital for emergency surgery.

On Thursday, both men were booked in the Robeson County jail on two counts of robbery with a firearm and one count each of first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first-degree sexual offense, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony conspiracy. Stephens is being held under a $1 million bond, while Hawkins' bond was set at $1.5 million.

Investigators tracked the stolen Cadillac to a home on Singletary Church Road in Lumberton, where they found the body of Jamie Lee Faison, 20.

Authorities said all three are suspects in other home invasions in the Robeson County area.


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  • Brogden Oct 24, 2014

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    I think the statement "this happens more often than we hear" refers to home invasions. Yes, we hear when someone gets shot - but, often, not if something violent doesn't happen. Mr. Byrd is for sure a hero to his granddaughter today - and to me!

  • Abused By The System Oct 24, 2014

    Good for Grandpa, Hopefully the other two invaders he shot that live will get charged with the Murder of the 3rd he shot cause it took all 3 of them to decide to invade theses peoples home and none would have been shot otherwise. Hope grandpa will be well soon and treated like the real hero he is.

  • common tater Oct 24, 2014

    Here we go with the statistics that make no sense...more likely to die by a gun if you own a gun. That's like saying you're more likely to die in a plane crash if you ride in an airplane...yeah, but we still need them to get around. Statistics only tell a small part of the story, like how many crimes are stopped by a gun owner without a shot being fired. And yes, there's a lot more crime stopped by responsible gun owners than makes the news. Never open your door to a stranger at night.

  • Combat MP Oct 24, 2014

    MSM doesn't want this in the news. It happens more than you think. I'm not a 2nd Amendment fanatic. I do believe I am responsible for my own and my family's protection. Kicking in doors and robbing people has increased 10 fold.

  • KnowsItAll Oct 24, 2014

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    "This happens more often than we hear."

    No it doesn't. Not only is it reported by the "lamestream" media, but when you have a good outcome with a gun, every right-wing, pro-gun, pro-2nd Amendment website out there takes the story and runs with it.

    Heck, I've probably seen 3 or 4 stories in as many months just here on WRAL where homeowners killed would-be home invaders. Don't worry - it gets reported.

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 24, 2014
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    Good for him. This happens more often than we hear.

  • Brogden Oct 24, 2014

    Job well done Mr. Byrd. Your experience is exactly why I keep a loaded side arm in my home at all times. I hope you recover from your injuries very soon!

  • Mad Dawg Oct 24, 2014

    "Lumberton man kills one, wounds two during home invasion, sex assault"

    This is why I will always have a gun in my house and on me at all times (where allowed by law) to protect my family.

  • KnowsItAll Oct 24, 2014

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    having a gun was certainly a good thing in this case! I'm glad he was able to get to it, and use it to protect his family and remove some cancer from society.

    however, statistically speaking, having a gun in the home makes you more likely to die from gun injury - self inflicted or from a family member. just say'n.

    despite these statistics, people will of course keep guns anyway - which is fine by me - and sometimes it results in a very good outcome.

  • Chris James Oct 24, 2014
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    good job mr. byrd, and i wish you a speedy recovery!