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With shovel, dog and patience, man leads police to home invasion suspect

Posted August 19, 2015

— In the hours after Fayetteville police issued a warrant for the arrest of a man suspected in at least three home invasions, that man was allegedly lying in wait for a possible fourth attack.

But the next potential victim got the upper hand on Curtis Perry King.

Luke Harvey said he saw King trying to break into his Strickland Bridge home Tuesday around dusk. King came toward him.

"So I hit him with a shovel,” Harvey said. He whacked the man in the head and turned his dog on him, then he went inside to call police.

King vanished into the woods.

"I guess he just went across the road and hid out in the woods,because I didn’t see him, (and the) police couldn’t find him,” Harvey said.

Hours passed, and Harvey returned to his porch. On a whim, called out.

"I was like, 'Where are you?' just yelling into the woods," Harvey said. "A voice came back from across the road."

While Harvey talked, his girlfriend called 911.

"It was a really weird conversation," Harvey said. "He was like multipersonality. He'd be really aggressive, really passive, and then, 'I'm sorry.'"

The men talked for about for 40 minutes until police arrived, and King told Harvey he had long struggled with drugs.

Police picked up the conversation and, after another couple of hours, coaxed King from the woods.

King, 43, of the 1600 block of Tryon Drive, has a long criminal record that ranges from moving violations to drug possession and weapons charges. On Tuesday, he added charges of first-degree burglary, breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first- and second-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was being held in the Cumberland County Jail under a $600,000 bond.


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  • Tracy Watson Aug 20, 2015
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    40 minute response time and people wonder why we own guns. We cannot count on the police to be there to protect us at all times. I am glad that that man is okay and maybe he can get some what sounds like much needed help. Although the way our mental health system is it's doubtful.

  • John Malcholm Aug 20, 2015
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    ". . .King told Harvey he had long struggled with drugs." That's totally irrelevant, no need to even mention it in the article.
    This man, if convicted of the above crimes, needs to be off the streets till at LEAST the age of 68. The property crime is one thing, but the kidnapping and bodily threats and assault to an old women should pretty much buy him most of his remaining life in prison.

  • Jack Harris Aug 20, 2015
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    40 minute response time s the JUSTIFICATION for the Castle Rule that should be in place in all states!, The Chief and Board should do a evaluation of this response time by using the dispatch time recorder!

  • Sean Creasy Aug 20, 2015
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    Typical comment "the drugs made me do it"!!! Why can't people take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming everything but themselves?

  • Kathy Bundy Aug 19, 2015
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    I'm so happy this story did not involve guns. People acting like people. How refreshing.