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Wayne Homeowner Kills Intruder

Posted August 31, 2007

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— A Wayne County homeowner shot an killed one of three people who broke into his home early Friday, authorities said.

Three armed men broke into the home at 2546 Old Mount Olive Highway at about 12:30 a.m. while the family slept inside. The intruders held two adults and four children, ages 4, 5 and 8, at gunpoint and ransacked the house, authorities said.

During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot, prompting the man who lives in the house to grab a gun and shoot back, authorities said.

Antione Logan Chestnut, 19, of 109 Evelyn Circle in Dudley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two intruders fled in a dark-colored vehicle, authorities said.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

A second subject in the case was arrested Friday evening. Kayloe Lemont Middleton, 25, of 1530 Indian Springs Road in Mount Olive, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree kidnapping.

Authorities declined to release the name of the family involved, citing safety reasons. It's unclear whether the family was targeted or it was a random crime, authorities said.

Clarette Sutton, who said she knew Chestnut, stopped by the family's house Friday afternoon to lend her support.

"I don't know what happened. All I know is it's a sad situation on both ends. Tragedy is always sad on both ends," Sutton said. "I feel sorry for the family that it happened to, and I just ask them to keep hope. Don't be afraid."

Authorities were searching for a third suspect in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1482 or Crimestoppers at 919-735-2255.

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  • wizard633 Sep 2, 2007

    These punk's are taking a big gamble when they break-in on people. I live in Wayne County, & most people that I know are packing for home protection. We have a sign at the property line that reads, 'We don't dial 911' with a picture of a man pointing a gun at you. If they can't read, they'll get the idea by the picture.

  • strolling bones Sep 2, 2007

    nc teach there was an excellent article in the charoltte observer a few weeks back that dealt with 4 people who had to kill someone breaking into their homes. They discussed the intial feelings then the feelings a few years down the road. They all shared two things...they regretted killing someone ...they knew they had no other choice.

  • FragmentFour Sep 2, 2007

    Random Poster--"lol, turns out that the homeowner who everyone is praising is also a drug dealer."

    Where did this information come from?

  • A Random Poster Sep 2, 2007

    Assumption? Try again. I have lived in Dudley 75% of my life. This house is less than 5 miles away from where I am at right this second. I happen to know this information via a reliable source: Another break-in in Wayne County had occurred at the same time of this home invasion. The police apologized for responding later than they should have and explained why they took so long.

  • livin2dance03 Sep 1, 2007

    A random poster....I may be proven wrong in the end, but the Goldsboro News-Argus clearly stated the police did not think drugs were involved. They may find out later drugs were involved, but it's not right for you to say that information. Unless you are a drug dealer yourself, I'm not sure how you made that assumption. I'm glad the homeowners were safe and it turned out the way it did.

  • enderby Sep 1, 2007

    This is so right. It probably will not be a story tommorrow though.

  • A Random Poster Sep 1, 2007

    lol, turns out that the homeowner who everyone is praising is also a drug dealer. This is pretty typical in Dudley, though. Nothing new, to say the least. Whilst this does not justify the home invasion, it's pretty obvious that it was expected. Otherwise, how else could three guys hold you hostage at gunpoint, fire a shot, and you manage to kill one and scare the other two off? The worse part of this story is not the home invasion; it's the fact that the guy's a drug dealer which automatically puts everyone in that household in jeopardy.

  • Made In USA Sep 1, 2007

    I see the thud got the slug he deserved. Any parent of kids that age would have done the same thing if they were able. That was one very, very lucky family. It could have turned out just the opposite. Someone was looking out for them, as in a guardian angle. My guess that the whole family will have problems falling asleep for quite a while. The children will probably have nightmares too. This is one father was is now a hero to his family and the community.

  • NC is my home Sep 1, 2007

    When I saw the wheelchair ramp in the picture, the thought came to me that it takes something pretty low to burgler & hold hostage this home. But until we stop the criminal element from succeeding, there will continue to be a rising crime rate. The rise in crime equals the rate of growth of our area. To the person who shot the intruder--you were protecting your family. You are a good person. God bless you & your family.

  • SANDHILL Sep 1, 2007

    Too bad he did not get the other two also. This is a very effective method of riding our streets of criminals who think it is ok to break into someone's house and take what they have just because they want to.

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