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Durham County homeowner shoots three break-in suspects

Posted December 10, 2010
Updated December 11, 2010

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— A homeowner shot three people trying to break into his house in southern Durham County Friday morning, according to the sheriff's office.

Maj. Paul J. Martin said that the homeowner was awakened around 10:30 a.m by a crash and the sound of breaking glass in his house at 1017 Hamilton Way.

He picked up a pistol and went downstairs where he was confronted by three masked men in "a very small, confined and dark area," Martin said. The homeowner fired multiple shots at the intruders, striking all three. They then ran from the house.

Deputies apprehended one suspect who had been shot at the scene, he said. Two other suspects, who were also wounded, fled the scene but were taken into custody when a getaway driver took them at a local hospital.

The homeowner, who was home alone at the time, was not hurt. His identity has not been released.

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Suspects Devine Thorpe, 20, and Gary Brady, Jr., 19, were placed in the Durham County jail Friday under separate $300,000 bonds. Brady suffered a slight wound to his arm but was treated and released.

The other suspects, Omari Mitchell, 20, and Timothy Nelson, 17, remain hospitalized, authorities said.

Harris said that the break-in was random and that the homeowner did not know the suspects. The area has experienced a recent series of break-ins, but it wasn't immediately clear if these suspects were connected to it.

Neighbor Cassie Creevy's home was broken into last week.

"I just stopped having nightmares from having my house broken into. I want to move," Creevy said Friday. 

Creevy said the robbers took cash and jewelry. 


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  • wesleygking Dec 15, 2010

    You have to take the safety off first.

  • RWS Dec 10, 2010

    In the news... granny gets spooked and shoots grandchild walking in her house.

  • parcman Dec 10, 2010

    what is wrong with you people, these people might have been neighbors trying to find work or asking for food...just kidding, you just never know who is behind the very next door protecting their property and with which gun...lol

  • bombayrunner Dec 10, 2010

    We need the castle laws.

  • tbrowning Dec 10, 2010

    I have lived in my home for what will be 20 years next month.My home was broken into in August. They stole 2 shotguns, 1 which was my grandfathers, and was only valuable to me. I was notified by my alarm company.when I got home the police were there. They did very little if anything .It was 2:00p.m. and I told them nobody will be walking around carring shotguns during the day.so I looked through the woods behind my home and found the guns stashed.Later that afternoon I walked on 3 young men walking around the wooded area looking for what they had stashed. I called the police back, and all they said they could do is make a report.I tell this just to let someone know how fed up I am with these laws protecting criminals instead of protecting the innocent. These young men and children,not going to school, not working, but praying on hard working people that are working and trying to provide a safe home for there family.My home for 20 years has been transformed into a house, and goes on the

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 10, 2010

    Dave Green, very good point.(assuming others got the message)

    I'm proud of this homeowner. But unfortunately, (being politically correct in my phrasing) we will have to have a trial for each criminal. Would have preferred to have not needed a trial for any of them.

  • jjwood2424 Dec 10, 2010

    @Shortcake... so true about WRAL!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 10, 2010

    For anyone considering purchasing a gun... understand that its a committment. When you purchase the gun and take it home, that's just the beginning. You MUST find a local indoor gun range and make periodical visits to become very familiar with your weapon. But before you do that, take a class on gun safety. Its important that you regularly fire your weapon. For those that haven't fired a weapon ever, or in a long time, it is a little shocking when it fires. So its VERY important that you fire it regularly to stay adjusted to what to expect. You don't want to be shocked or surprised in the heat of the moment. I would also recommend shooting at an outdoor firing range. You wear ear protection when firing indoor. So you don't experience the full audio. Firing outdoor without ear protection will help to adjust you further. But in the heat of the moment, you will most likely fire the gun in your home WITHOUT ear protection. And regardless, that will be shocking.

  • SEOpro Dec 10, 2010

    So true, Dave.....so true.......

  • hdsoftail Dec 10, 2010

    Taurus .357 here