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Police Identify 2nd 'Person of Interest' in Fatal Home Invasion

Posted December 22, 2007

— Rocky Mount police have identified a second “person of interest” in the apparent residential break-in Friday that left two women dead and a man in the hospital.

Late Friday night, police located and interviewed the first person of interest, whose name has not been released. The man remains a “person of interest” in the case but was not in police custody.

Police identified and were attempting to locate the second “person of interest” Saturday.

When Leona L. Johnson failed to show up for work at the Rocky Mount Police Department on Friday, officers went to her house to check on her, Police Chief John Manley said. Johnson was a secretary for the department's Uniform Operations Division for the past three years, he said.

Officers found a broken window in the back door of the house, at 1247 Compass Creek Drive, and found Johnson, 50, and Deborah M. Scriven, 44, shot to death inside, Manley said.

The shooting occurred between 3:45 and 9:45 a.m., he said. Investigators haven't determined the type of handgun used.

"She was a very pleasant person, and we really don't have anyone we know of that she had a conflict with," Manley said of Johnson. "She was a good person to be around.

Scriven worked at Nash General Hospital and had recently earned a nurse assistant certification, friends said.

Scriven's son, 21-year-old Devin Scriven, was wounded in the incident. He was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was listed in stable condition Saturday, police said.

Manley said Johnson and the Scrivens were found in three different rooms inside the house, which is off N.C. Highway 48 near Northgreen Golf Club north of downtown Rocky Mount.

"We believe it was an intruder, but some level of acquaintance," Manley said. "This doesn't appear to be a random act."

Anyone who traveled Goldrock Road in the vicinity of Compass Creek Drive between the hours of 4-7 a.m. on Friday who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is urged to call Rocky Mount police Investigations Capt. Martin McCoy at 252-972-1485 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 977-1111.

All information and informants will be kept in the strictest of confidence.


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  • Giggity Dec 24, 2007

    I am beginning to hate this town. The rank and file police are trying to fight the tide of thugs taking over the city. It would help if they had some decent leadership and the support of the City Counsel. An overhaul is in order starting at the top of the police department. I have been told from several reliable individuals that the department is constantly understaffed and it can't keep experienced officers because of low pay and other problems that have been ignored. Rocky Mount has been my home for nearly 2 decades and it is heartbreaking to see what it has turned into. I don't know if it can be fixed, but the first thing we need to do is to take back the streets from the thugs, "gangstas" and criminals and the first step in that endeavor is to fix the police department. Let's start at the top and get a competent, professional leader. Thanks for the opportunity to get this off my chest.

  • retired and luv it Dec 24, 2007

    Durham East

  • parr4246 Dec 23, 2007

    With this case hitting so close to home (employee of RMPD) I'm sure they will put forth much more man power than normal and put these criminals behind bars real soon.....!!!!

  • TheLiberalIntellect Dec 23, 2007

    The woman who was killed who was the secretary was my cousin's secretary in the Rockey Mount Police Force. I am very sorry and my heart goes out to her family and to my cousin as well for the world has lost a very kind and sweet woman and this violence has hit all of us very hard. I can only hope justice will be rightly served.

  • Tax Man Dec 22, 2007

    Sure hope they get the criminals who did this. Hopefully the son will have some knowledge of who did it. You all need to arm yourselves and just kill any intruder to your home - if enough people do it, the criminals will move to Washington DC where only criminals can have guns.