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Amputee beaten, robbed in home invasion

Posted September 22, 2009

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— Lee County deputies were searching Tuesday for two men who bound and robbed a couple in their home last week.

Calvin Snipes, 39, who has a prosthetic leg, said he was watching television in his home on Lower Moncure Road Thursday night when the men burst through the front door, which was unlocked.

Calvin Snipes, home invasion victim Disabled Lee County man targeted for robbery

"The next thing I know, they were like, 'Where's the money? Where's the jewelry?'" Snipes said Tuesday.

One of the men brandished a gun, and the other slipped a plastic bag over Snipes' head.

"Luckily, my hands weren't tied then, so I had ripped a hole through the bag, and luckily I could breathe," he said.

The men threw Snipes to the floor and bound his and his wife's hands with plastic ties.

"He was, like, steadily hitting me with his fist or something," Snipes said.

The robbers fled with jewelry, a cell phone, a jar of coins and about $200 in cash, including $125 Snipes said he planned to use to make a payment on his truck.

Snipes' wife, Crystal, 31, freed their own hands with a kitchen knife and was able to untie her husband and call authorities.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for Delanta McGregory, 39, of West Spruce Street in Sanford, charging him with first-degree burglary, assault on a handicapped person, larceny and possession of stolen goods. Investigators haven't yet identified a second suspect in the home invasion.

Snipes said he's seen one of the robbers before, but he said he can't figure out why he became a target for a home invasion.

"I'm disabled. I live off a check," he said. "I don't know why they chose to come up here like that."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 919-775-5531.

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  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    Thanks WRAL! :)

  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    THE CRIMINALS SHOULD GET 50 YEARS FOR THIS FELONY CRIME TO THIS DISABLED MAN AND HIS WIFE. ONE SHOULD BE SAFE IN THEIR OWN HOME.

  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    People should always lock their doors. Never know who may walk in. Just for your own safety.

  • Professor Sep 23, 2009

    Thanks

  • jprime Sep 23, 2009

    "Really? Just terrible. I agree home invasion crimes should be capital crimes. This man could not even defend his wife, let alone himself. Sickening."

    He could have if he was armed!

  • tootie Sep 23, 2009

    O M G!!!! how horrible do you have to be to do this?!! I'm sorry for the couple, prayers to you both.

  • whateveryousay Sep 23, 2009

    Really? Just terrible. I agree home invasion crimes should be capital crimes. This man could not even defend his wife, let alone himself. Sickening.

  • Raptor06 Sep 23, 2009

    I have always said that home invasions should be classified as capital crimes. This isn't an ordinary burglary. It should carry a very long first-time sentence.

  • beachbum1 Sep 23, 2009

    Yeah real tough guys huh! Again we need to start THROWING these guys on an Island surrounded by MILES of water and give them a fishing pole and a flint.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Sep 23, 2009

    Sick, sick, sick.

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