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Teen: "If I move or try to call 911, he would kill me"

Posted August 13, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014

— Aaron Patton Jr., 13, thought he stood in front of death.

Patton was awakened by a loud boom at his Burbank Street home on Monday and thought nothing of it – until a masked man dressed in black walked into his room and pointed a gun at his head.

“When I was putting my stuff in the bag, I asked him if he was going to kill me, and he said he was if I start slowing down,” the teenager said. “After I put all my games in the bag, he told me to stand in my corner and he said if I move or try to call 911, he would kill me.”

The burglar kicked in the back door of the Cumberland County home at about 1:30 p.m. while Patton slept on the living room sofa.

Patton was held at gunpoint as the unknown man took a 42-inch flat-screen television, a Wii U and PlayStation 3. The man fled in a light grey or silver Honda Civic, authorities said.

“I stayed for like five minutes to make sure they were gone," Patton said.

The teen then called his father, who was at work. The terrifying news reminded the elder Patton of some recent activity.

“Two to three days in a row, I seen a black guy and white guy standing down the street there, they would walk up and down the street,” Aaron Patton Sr. said. “I assumed those were the guys who broke into my house. I didn’t pay them any attention. I didn’t have any reason to call the police because they hadn’t done anything. Now I wish I had.”

Two days after the incident, Aaron Patton Jr. is still shaken, but glad to be alive.

His father hopes an arrest is made soon.

“I just thank God they didn’t kill my son because it could have been a lot worse,” the elder Patton said. “I really want them to catch these guys because I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • jonara Aug 14, 2014

    "until a masked man dressed in black walked into his room and pointed a gun at his head."

    Are we sure this was not a SWAT raid on this private residence?
    Sounds identical to me.

  • 678devilish Aug 14, 2014

    Certainly glad the young man is OK and alive. But I do hope they find these criminals and put them behind bars in prison for a very long time. They are really a danger to the community and to society.

  • Pepe Silvia Aug 14, 2014

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    No, its just stuff. Its NOT worth it.

    You watch too much TV if you think that even a well trained thirteen year old kid (or adult for that matter) being startled awake would have both the frame of mind and training to not only get a weapon but be able to kill or disarm the person already with a gun pointed at them before being killed themselves.... and you value a TV (and other stuff) if you think even attempting it is worth the risk.

  • Southern Gal Aug 14, 2014

    Aaron Jr, you handled yourself quite well young man!
    What hapened to you was wrong and I sincerely hope they catch those evil men.
    Will keep you and your family in prayer.
    ~Southerner living in Boston (temporarily)

  • Christopher Byrne Aug 14, 2014
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    Yes, "over-aggressive police". SMH.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Aug 14, 2014


    In wake county if you tell a deputy of sheriff Donnie Harrison to get a warrant they can come in your house without consent and search while holding you at gunpoint.

    The deputy can then go to a magistrate and falsify consent to search to obtain a warrant.

    Sounds like the criminals in Fayet-nam have been training under the sheriff of wake county and the practices of his deputies.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 14, 2014

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    Must the liberals ALWAYS play the race card?

  • DURHAMBULL Aug 14, 2014

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    Um yes, it's called racial profiling and it happens. Look at Treyvon Martin for one example, look at that is happening now in St. Louis as a result of over aggressive poilce.

  • Plum Tuckered Aug 14, 2014

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    No, You are wrong. Pulling a gun or a knife in a situation like this takes things to the brink, and you can expect deadly force to be used on you if you mishandle, miss your target, or are too slow.

    ALSO, an inexperienced person can and most likely will become so nervous in situations like this that they can't properly execute their plan (e.g., arming, aiming and firing), even if they've had training. (There's a scientific term for this phenomenon but I don't have time to look it up at the moment.) And that's will most likely lead to a worse outcome than just cooperating, especially for a kid!

  • Phyllis Nunn Aug 14, 2014
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    Thank HEAVEN this young man is alive!!! I hope this does not scar him for life!