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Two Suspects Arrested In Wake County Home Invasion

Posted May 4, 2003

— Two suspects wanted in a violent home invasion are now behind bars. Authorities say they've captured the men responsible for terrorizing a couple inside their North Raleigh home.

Michael Howard is charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. He was picked up Saturday afternoon.

Another suspect, Oneeze Brooks, was captured Friday night in Wilson during a traffic stop. He faces the same charges.

Both men are from Wilson. They were in the Wake County Jail Saturday night, Howard on a $1 million bond, Brooks on $100,000.

Wake County sheriff Donnie Harrison said there may be more arrests.

Police say Howard and Brooks broke into the North Raleigh home of Bob and May Hodges Thursday night, duct-taped the couple to dining-room chairs and robbed them at gunpoint. The Hodges were forced to turn over cash and jewelry.

Harrison said evidence left at the scene led to the arrests.

Brooks was arrested after officer Lamb of the Wilson Police Department pulled Brooks on a routine traffic stop around 7 p.m. Friday. Lamb ran Brooks' name through the National Crime Information Center and found the warrants Wake County had issued. Wilson PD arrested Brooks and turned him over to Wake County authorities.

Harrison praised the City-County Bureau of Identification, Wilson police and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office for their help with this investigation.

"Not only have our investigators worked hard on this case, but the help of CCBI, Wilson PD, and the Wilson SO has been invaluable," Harrison said.

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