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Man charged with breaking into Raleigh home, stealing SUV

Posted January 16, 2012
Updated January 17, 2012

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— 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. New Hope Road incident 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."

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  • avnvideo Jan 18, 2012

    in the 60s and 70s the longview area was a very safe area,the shopping center there was doing well and noone was afraid to shop there,now all the real stores and banks are long gone

  • rargos Jan 17, 2012

    "And to think it was just back in the l950's that this sort of stuff rarely if ever happened around here. Ever wonder why that is?"

    Society no longer imposes any behavioral standards : as long as it's not illegal, it's okay. Soaring out-of-wedlock births, contempt for religion/values, violent/obscene entertainment, etc. -- they all have their consequences.

  • rargos Jan 17, 2012

    A search on the NC DOC offender list showed he was convicted of felony breaking and entering at least twice before (in 2009 and 2011), serving 6 months and 8 months, respectively.

    I guess you have to kill someone before you get any serious jail time in NC ....

  • avnvideo Jan 17, 2012

    this area needs a stronger police presence with road blocks and random searches,weater it seems to be profiling or not

  • mike275132 Jan 17, 2012

    Of course he is being framed !

    I'm sure he'll get Pardoned by the "NC Racial Justice Act' even though he turned himself in. As we all know no "Disadvantaged Minority" ever commits a crime.

    Just some more of the - Change We Can Believe In!

  • NCgirllovescats Jan 17, 2012

    This is not what it is like in a 3rd world country. It is hard to imagine when you've never lived in one, but a) there wouldn't be a news story, b) the cops wouldn't care c) no one would be able to consider moving out of the neighborhood, and on and on. The United States is not anything like a 3rd world country. Count your blessings.

  • seenbetterdaze Jan 17, 2012

    In just 3 or 4 years looks like the once Great USA has become more like a 3rd world country! Sadly. Nobody is safe anymore.
    And to think it was just back in the l950's that this sort of stuff rarely if ever happened around here. Ever wonder WHy that is?

  • nonPC Jan 17, 2012

    and then straight to the electric chair... I Carry even in Cary

    No electric chair. 50 years in prison would do it.
    wildcat

    Agree to disagree..but I respect your opinion..mine though is take out the garbage

  • wildcat Jan 17, 2012

    and then straight to the electric chair...
    I Carry even in Cary

    No electric chair. 50 years in prison would do it.

  • nonPC Jan 17, 2012

    where are the anti-gun people now saying that we should ban guns...wait it was a knife....oh thats right criminals will use whatever weapon they can...lock him up and then straight to the electric chair...

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