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Suspected burglar found dead in Fayetteville home

Posted March 8, 2012
Updated March 9, 2012

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— Police responding to a reported burglary  found a body in a Fayetteville home Thursday afternoon.

Ron Vaughn said he called police when he saw a broken window at his home at 205 Spears Drive. He waited for police to arrive, before entering the home. Inside, they found a deceased man lying on the the hallway floor near the bathroom. 

"I was surprised. I had to walk back out," Vaughn said. 

Police said they believe the man, identified as Brandon Stocum, 28, had broken into the house and then died. He had cuts on his hands, but investigators said he did not lose a lot of blood. They have not determined a cause of death. 

Vaughn said he believes Stocum was after prescription drugs. Vaughn said the man was found with a bottle of pills in his hand.

By early evening, the crime scene was clear and Vaughn was allowed back inside his home. 

"It makes you think twice," Vaughn said. 

Suspected burglar found dead in Fayetteville Suspected burglar found dead in Fayetteville

Vaughn said he wasn't sure he would be staying the night at the house. He said his first task was to clean up the mess that was left behind. 

Neighbor Robert Johnson was shocked. 

"I left today, this morning, for work and left my windows and everything open. I usually do, and when I walk the dog, I leave my door unlocked. But, not no more," Johnson said. 


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  • redrubberball1 Mar 9, 2012

    "course his family will likely sue the owner, and win, for wrongful death."

    Yea, the house killed him and the homeowner is responsible for the house. Therefore, the homeowner is to blame! (modern day insanity)

  • esprg Mar 9, 2012

    I got nothing...lol

  • usemailinator Mar 9, 2012

    "but investigators said he not lose a lot of blood."

    Hey WRAL, do you proofread anymore??? Sorry, I don't speak ebonics.

  • ABM Mar 9, 2012

    See Chart, you need to turn off the TV when you go to sleep, all that late night TV has soaked into your brain.. You have listened to First 48 too many nights..

    On another note, you could not pay me to stay in that house, good luck to the guy finding a new place to live..

    When I was looking to buy a home, the Realtor and I walked in an empty house only to find a guy sleep in the back room, I almost broke my neck trying to get out, I was kinda upset the Realtor beat me out, but the next day it was funny..

  • iknowmyschnitzel Mar 9, 2012

    Extensive history of larceny and drug charges. Unfortunately, looks like it caught up to him. Funny how drugs can do that to you.

  • dontstopnow Mar 9, 2012

    Yeah I think we can all agree WRAL is not wasting any money on a proof reader before printing these stories...:)

  • finwearer Mar 9, 2012

    "investigators said he not lose a lot of blood" Now there's some fine writing.


    March 9, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    "Unpossible" ....now, THERE'S some 'fine' english!!

  • See Chart Mar 9, 2012

    The police do have to make sure that this story is true as
    to how it transpired, I will be the devil's advocate and say supposing this man invited the 28 year old person inside then they did drugs and overdosed in the home owner's presence which caused said homeowner to break a window and start an alibi.
    Truly as we all know stranger things have happened,in any event
    drug addiction causes those suffering to do desperate things and
    it's a fine line between a psychiatric issue and moral consequences.

  • nowon_yuno Mar 9, 2012

    "investigators said he not lose a lot of blood" Now there's some fine writing.


  • westernwake1 Mar 8, 2012

    "course his family will likely sue the owner, and win, for wrongful death" - lineOfDuty

    Don't laugh. A burglar broke into our neighbor's home in NY way back in the 80s, raided their liquor cabinet and drank himself to death.

    The long time criminal's family sued the homeowner for wrongful death stating that they should have had a lock on the liquor cabinet (like the locks on the home's doors stopped the criminal either) The case was still unsettled when I left the state but had gone on for years.