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Two arrested in three Fayetteville break-ins

Posted October 24, 2008 3:45 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 8:55 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police arrested two men Friday and charged them in three home break-ins on Thursday – including one in which the resident shot one of the suspects.

According to police, Staff Sgt. Jared Johnson, who is stationed at Pope Air Force Base, returned to his Fayetteville home Thursday afternoon to find two men inside his house in the 400 Acacia Circle an apparent burglary attempt.

Johnson shot one of the men in the leg, then performed first aid while he waited for police and an ambulance to arrive.

Christopher Pittman, 23, underwent surgery at Cape Fear Valley Hospital for his injury. Police charged him Friday with three counts each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.

A second suspect, Joseph Lee Odom, 25, faces the same charges. He fled the scene but was arrested Friday and was being held at the Cumberland County jail. His bond had not been set Friday afternoon.

Johnson expressed concern for the man he shot, saying, "I hope he is OK, and I hope his family is OK.”

Police suspect that Pittman and Odom committed two other break-ins at Century Oaks Apartments and a home on Green Leaf Drive Thursday.

Both suspects have been placed on probation this year for breaking-and-entering in Cumberland County – Pittman, for a felony; and Odom, for a misdemeanor. According to state Department of Correction records, Pittman has also been convicted for possession of a firearm by a felon.