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Three detained after home invasion, high-speed chase

Posted December 4, 2009

— Authorities detained three suspects in a home invasion near Enfield after a chase that reached speeds of 110 mph and crossed three counties early Friday.

A Nash County sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect vehicle at Watson Seed Road and N.C. Highway 48 around 3 a.m., state troopers said. The driver sped away and led authorities on a pursuit that criss-crossed Nash, Franklin and Halifax counties.

The suspects' vehicle hit stop sticks put out by state troopers at Melton Bridge and Fishing Creek roads around 3:45 a.m., deflating three tires, troopers said.

Troopers took Michael Christopher Wilkins, 31, of Hollister, Rodney O'Neal Lynch, 33, of Enfield, and Sharonda Denise Hendricks, 23, of Medoc, into custody without further incident.

Troopers charged Wilkins, who was driving, with two counts of felony speeding to elude arrest and one count each of driving with a revoked license, a stop-sign violation and reckless driving. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office also charged him with driving 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office is expected to file charges in connection with the home invasion.

Detectives said that two people were held at gunpoint during the invasion and sustained minor injuries. The victims identified the three suspects.

The investigation is ongoing.

Wilkins and Lynch both have criminal records dating to the mid-1990s, according to state Department of Correction records. DOC records show that both men served prison time for common-law robberies committed on May 9, 2005, and 17, 2005, in Nash County.

Wilkins has been convicted in five other common-law robberies and in three assaults, including one on a handicapped person, DOC records show. He also has 20 convictions for passing worthless checks.

Lynch has additional convictions for breaking-and-entering and stealing dogs, according to DOC records.

Hendricks has convictions for drug violations and trespassing from 2003 and 2004.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 4, 2009

    Its not about due process or property rights.....if you invade someone's home you will most likely die of lead poisoning...that is understood by all,(or most) and if they still don't "get it" it is known as "natural selection".

  • Bill of Rights Dec 4, 2009

    BettyB: I believe in the constitution and due process and the rule of law. These people need to receive a fair trial in a court of law - judged by a jury of their peers and based on the evidence. If they are found guilty, I hope the punishment is severe; these are substantial crimes whose punishment should include lengthy prison terms.

    I think it's unhealthy for people to show such an eagerness to shoot people who come onto their own property. Self-defense? Sure. But no parcel of land or item of property is worth taking a life for, and I especially find it bothersome that some people would even advocate stoning a person.

    I hope they never find themselves a defendant ... I bet their tune would change pretty quickly!

  • bettyboopr2 Dec 4, 2009

    Mike H

    What would you have us do? Put them in time out? That's what is wrong with society now, no one wants to make people pay for their actions. What would you do if someone broke into your home? What if they threaten you or your family? Me, I will defend and protect what is mine. So if you think we shouldn't protect ourselves well I hope are never in that situation.

  • Bill of Rights Dec 4, 2009

    You people are sick. Stoning? Shooting people to death? And we call ourselves a civilized society ...

  • Tax Man Dec 4, 2009

    Home Invaders need to be shot dead upon entry. That is the God given (and constitutional) right of every citizen. If more of them suffered this fate the crime rate would drop drastically. Now that we have these thugs locked up and they have such felonious records, can we please keep them locked up for life without parole as habitual violent felons? Or can't we just permanently deport them to some place like Iran? I am sure they would fare well there.

  • mrarlo Dec 4, 2009

    Public stoning, it would be great for the economy. I for one would pay 5 or 10 bucks a rock.

  • The Fox Dec 4, 2009

    Amen Betty. I keep a 'hog leg' in every corner of the house.

  • bettyboopr2 Dec 4, 2009

    All I have to say is I pity the fool who breaks into my house. If you come into my home uninvited it is for illegal purposes and I will treat it as such. You will be shot. Gotta love the 2nd Admendment

  • wilsboy Dec 4, 2009

    I agree whatelseisnew...I wish some sort of "life ending" occurence would have transpired for these criminals as well..
    These home invasions should equal automatic,harsh prison sentences..It appears to be a growing problem that our lawmakers must address. ANYTHING could go down during the act of a home invasion..I wish owners/occupants of these homes that face this heinous crime all had the oppurtunity to put a bullet in the head of the animals that kick their doors in..If these 3 get off light, I GUARANTEE you'll see their name again in the blotter...Porobably for something much worse..

  • sssh.. whisper Dec 4, 2009

    Put them in the pen and throw the key away!