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Police: Seven people bound, robbed inside Selma home

Posted August 8, 2011

— Seven people were bound with duct tape and plastic ties and robbed inside a Selma home this weekend by several masked intruders, police said Monday. At least one of the intruders was armed with a handgun and one resident was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

A shotgun, several pieces of jewelry, two cell phones and more than $15,500 in cash were taken from the home, police said.

Around 3:15 a.m. Saturday, a couple in a white cargo van flagged down a patrol officer near the intersection of West Noble and South Pollock streets to report a break-in at their home on North Massey Street. Pascual Martinez, 61, had duct tape around his wrists and his wife, Angelita Martinez, 56, told the officer that she had been beaten in the face with a spray paint can.

The officer followed the couple back to their home, where they found 20-year-old Elizar Hernandez bleeding from the head.

Hernandez told police he had been tied up in the dining room of the home and beaten in the head with a semi-automatic handgun by intruders wearing all black clothes and ski masks covering everything but their eyes and mouths.

Blood was found on the floor of the hall, bathroom and Hernandez's bed, police said.

Responding officers also found another man bound in a back bedroom. That man reported that a person dressed in all black with a thin build entered through a bedroom window, let three or four other intruders in through the back door and then stepped on his face while wrapping duct tape around his hands and mouth.

Three more men were found bound in a back bedroom.

Investigators believe that some of the men were co-workers whom Pascual Martinez allowed to stay at the home he shared with his wife.

Hernandez was treated and released at Johnston Medical Center.

No other information was released.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call Selma police at 919-965-8189.


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  • oldrwizr Aug 9, 2011

    "Well, since the media is advertising how much cash was taken we can expect even more of these types of crime!

    It's time to invest in some motion detector alarms and a couple guard dogs if you live in the Smithfield-Selma area."

    And live in a bad nieghborhood and keep a lot of cash lying around. Yup, if that describes you, you definitely need a dog or at least a gun. And a brain.

  • oldrwizr Aug 9, 2011

    Wait, I thought all the illegals and all the crime were in Durham. How did both happen somewhere else? Must be a misprint. That intelligent gentleman who posted about Durham being an illegal alien magnet on another thread today might need to check his story. Yeah, right!!!

  • paulawindley Aug 9, 2011

    A lot of comments on here should be reported... I agree that having $15,000 in cash in a home is kind of dumb... but don't be hateful people... I also agree is kind of suspicious, but who knows!!!

  • imsosorry Aug 9, 2011

    You never know who is walking beside you. Murderers, rapist and everything else ! These people flee their country, come here and we dont have any idea what they done before coming here. All I know is concealed carry is legal here and if I have clothes on I am packing !

  • mhdeland Aug 9, 2011

    Jet9192 FYI even illegals pay for their medical bills. NOTHING IS FOR FREE IN THIS WORLD even if you try to abuse the system.. So get your facts straight!

  • panterap89 Aug 9, 2011

    what most don't understand is ,a lot of the Hispanics come to work and save money short term, they live together and share bills. so seven people living in one home each saving, adds up. this makes them an easy target for theives . At one time they were referred to as WALKING ATMs .

  • Glass Half Full Aug 9, 2011

    People who have money don't need to brag about it.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Aug 9, 2011

    Ok I know some people don't trust banks but 15,500 in CASH inside your home?? There has to be something else to this family.
    GOLO member since December 29, 2010
    August 9, 2011 10:28 a.m.
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    Why? Because you have never had $15K before at home. I have. What are you trying to say? This is hilarious. Made becasue he had more cash than your trailor is worth. LOL typical.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Aug 9, 2011

    How do they know it was $15,500? You people BELEIVE EVERYTHING you read. The only people who would have known that is who was robbed or the robbers. Ive had more than that at home. Are you people dead broke or something? Get off GOLO and go get paid. Good grief. You act like he won the lottery or something.

  • debbiebowen50 Aug 9, 2011