11-year-old injured in aborted Fayetteville home invasion
Posted October 14, 2011
Fayetteville, N.C. — Two people have been charged with trying to break into a Fayetteville home this week, injuring a boy who was inside in the process.
Gary Nicolas, 11, was home alone Tuesday afternoon when he heard a pounding on the locked front door. Outside, he saw a man and a woman.
"(It was) like boom, boom, boom, and the woman said, 'Let's do this thing,'" Gary recalled on Friday.
Thinking no one was home, the burglars tried to force their way inside by kicking open the door.
"(One) side of the door came off, and the piece that tore off hit me in the face," Gary said.
The man on the porch then saw Gary through the opening.
"When the guy saw me, he started running to the vehicle with his girl," Gary said.
The boy ran crying to a neighbor's house and called police, giving them descriptions of the two would-be burglars and their car.
A short time later, police spotted a burgundy Ford Taurus that matched Gary's description a short distance away on Marlowe Drive. Officers stopped the car, and the boy identified the man and woman inside as the people who tried to break into his house.
Raiheam Lee Owens, 24, and Amaria Tayshunay Hornbeck, 21, were charged with breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and assault on a child under 12.
Owens has been convicted previously on breaking and entering and larceny and he has several similar cases pending, police said.
Gary suffered a bruise under his left eye, but he had a great story to share at school.
"Now, they're all saying I'm a hero, like my teacher (and) my principal," he said.