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Two arrested in three Fayetteville break-ins

Posted October 24, 2008

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— Fayetteville police arrested two men Friday and charged them in three home break-ins on Thursday – including one in which the resident shot one of the suspects.

According to police, Staff Sgt. Jared Johnson, who is stationed at Pope Air Force Base, returned to his Fayetteville home Thursday afternoon to find two men inside his house in the 400 Acacia Circle an apparent burglary attempt.

Johnson shot one of the men in the leg, then performed first aid while he waited for police and an ambulance to arrive.

Christopher Pittman, 23, underwent surgery at Cape Fear Valley Hospital for his injury. Police charged him Friday with three counts each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.

A second suspect, Joseph Lee Odom, 25, faces the same charges. He fled the scene but was arrested Friday and was being held at the Cumberland County jail. His bond had not been set Friday afternoon.

Johnson expressed concern for the man he shot, saying, "I hope he is OK, and I hope his family is OK.”

Police suspect that Pittman and Odom committed two other break-ins at Century Oaks Apartments and a home on Green Leaf Drive Thursday.

Both suspects have been placed on probation this year for breaking-and-entering in Cumberland County – Pittman, for a felony; and Odom, for a misdemeanor. According to state Department of Correction records, Pittman has also been convicted for possession of a firearm by a felon.

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  • Panther Oct 24, 2008

    I hope these two get a real long vacation in Butner.

  • WRALSUCKS Oct 24, 2008

    Given the arrest history of these gentleman, the next homeowner they choose to victimize would be well advise to aim higher.

  • RahRahLuv Oct 24, 2008

    bless our soliders one and all...he is a good man...

  • ECU Alumni 06 Oct 24, 2008

    The guy may know where this guy came from and has compassion for people. Probably knew this guy wasn't going anywhere or had anything on him. We don't know how it all went out. Brave guy to help someone who is robbing him.

  • Spooner Oct 24, 2008

    I would feel awful if I had to shoot someone period. If I am being robbed; I am not going to stop pulling the trigger until I have an empty clip because its like Tony Montana said; If you dont get rid of him when you have a problem it may come back to haunt you later. You should feel no remorse for shooting a robber. You should feel remorse because you are going to make the tax payers support him until he gets out to do it again.

  • fairyswearboots2 Oct 24, 2008

    Jared is only Human and I applaud him for defending himself and his family while being concerned for the welbeing of others even if this guy threatend his welbeing as well.

  • twc Oct 24, 2008

    I understand and respect the compassion but in reality he is probably only delaying someone being killed by the thugs who robbed him.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 24, 2008

    Why feel sorry for the robber you shot sir? If someone was to break into my home I would have shot them too. I would not be second guessing my decision one bit! He or she will know the next time they try to enter my person space.