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Home invasion briefly puts eastern Wake schools on lockdown

Posted January 30, 2013

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— Several schools in eastern Wake County were briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday as authorities searched for suspects in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery in Wendell.

At one point, Wake County sheriff's deputies were searching for possibly four suspects in connection with the crime, which happened around 9:45 a.m. at a home on Fox Run Drive.

Three suspects were in custody Wednesday afternoon, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said. It wasn't clear if authorities were still looking for a fourth person.

A man who lives at the home and did not want to be identified said three men, two of them armed, kicked in the door while a fourth person, who drove the car, stayed outside.

The man said he was slightly injured while trying to fend off the intruders.

Further details about the investigation weren't clear, but authorities, at one point focused their search on a Jeep at a small shopping center at 7633 Knightdale Blvd. in Knightdale.

lockdown Home invasion prompts lockdown of 8 Wake schools

Deputies also appeared to be guarding a red sweatshirt in some grass and a black sneaker in the parking lot of a Waffle House restaurant next to the shopping center.

A Wake County Public School System spokeswoman said Knightdale High School, East Wake High School, East Wake Middle School, Forestville Road Elementary School, Wendell Elementary School, Lockhart Elementary School, Hodge Road Elementary School and Knightdale Elementary School

In a lockdown, exterior doors of a school are locked, and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building until police alert the school that it is OK.

"These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty," Wake schools spokeswoman Cris Mulder said.


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  • jblake1932 Jan 30, 6:50 p.m.

    Kicked in the door of a drug house! That's just fantastic, way to go!!

  • RadioDJ Jan 30, 6:19 p.m.

    beachboater and crumps, the "source" is HISTORY. And the BEST example would be the shootout at the Okay Corral.. you may have heard about that one. Most towns in that "wild west" had gun control laws much stricter than anything we have today. When you rode into a town, you immediately turned over your firearms to the sheriff under threat of arrest. The Clantons didn't want to turn over their firearms. And you know the rest of the story.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 30, 6:08 p.m.

    beachboater... that's a common urban legend.


  • bacchianm Jan 30, 6:02 p.m.

    "If we simply armed everyone, we could end humanity much more quickly than simply arming a few at a time. But most are going to end up shooting themselves in the foot. So they'll still be ARMED, but no longer footed." RadioDJ

    This just shows your lack of knowledge in responsible gun ownership. These out of control monsters are a result of liberalized justice system, lack of parenting and the lack of personal responsibility. They will always get guns whether it is black market or whatever. Even though Chicago has the toughest gun control law of any city int he country, they have one of the most liberal justice systems helping gang members recieve shorter jail time, etc which was helped in part by Obama before he went into national politics.

  • zenonx6 Jan 30, 5:58 p.m.

    Too much low life around here these days... Time to limit their reproduction.....

  • ckblackm Jan 30, 5:16 p.m.

    beachboater... that's a common urban legend.

  • unc70 Jan 30, 5:14 p.m.

    In the old west, you were required to check your guns at the edge of town or when you stabled your horses. Not near as wild, wild as you might believe. Gun control laws were the norm.

  • NCHighlander Jan 30, 5:08 p.m.

    Can't wait for the pictures of the perps and their names. Wonder if a pattern will emerge?

  • beachboater Jan 30, 4:56 p.m.

    "If we simply armed everyone, we could end humanity much more quickly than simply arming a few at a time. But most are going to end up shooting themselves in the foot. So they'll still be ARMED, but no longer footed." RadioDJ

    In the days of the wild west, most people did have some type of firearm, for hunting if nothing else. They survived, and we are living proof. And most of them, and us today, still have both feet.

  • busyb97 Jan 30, 4:11 p.m.

    it certainly makes you want to reconsider having your alarm system ARMED during the day even when you are home! I'm home with the kids, and I was more than once looking at my window- mainly since there was lack of information about the criminals, etc, just that it was near Knightdale. (I'm not that far.)