Man charged with breaking into Raleigh home, stealing SUV
Posted January 16, 2012
Updated January 17, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A 23-year-old man turned himself in to Raleigh police Monday evening in connection with a home invasion and vehicle theft early Sunday. The stolen SUV was involved in a wreck shortly after the break-in, police said, and a man who stopped at the crash site was killed.
Ronald Steven Earl Gaither was charged with first-degree burglary, common law robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Investigators have not charged anyone in the stabbing death of Eleazar Brache Herrera, 20, of Raleigh, and have not confirmed whether the home invasion and homicide are related.
Early Sunday, a woman reported that two men broke into her home on Wallingford Drive, assaulted her and her 11-year-old son, robbed them and left.
Moments later, police said, a GMC Envoy crashed about a quarter-mile away in the 4900 block New Hope Road. Herrera stopped at the crash site, was stabbed and later died at a local hospital.
A spokesman for the police department said investigators are making progress but would not comment on suspects in Herrera's death.
Anyone with information should contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Police: Man stole SUV involved in wreck that led to stabbing
As the police investigation continued Monday, neighbors said the home invasion has them worried.
Mary Trice and her family, who live next door to the home that was robbed, said it wasn't the first robbery in the neighborhood.
She said she doesn't think it was the last either and is planning to move.
"Honestly, I was scared," Trice said. "We want to relocate to a neighborhood where we don't need to worry about being robbed or getting harassed or assaulted."