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Six charged in Raeford home invasion

Posted March 19, 2010 9:17 a.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2010 7:14 p.m. EDT

— Raeford police said Friday that four men and two woman have been charged in a March 7 home invasion in which one of the men put a gun in a 3-year-old girl's mouth.

Police said they are still looking for three others who are wanted as accessories.

Two men wearing red knit hats, red bandannas over their faces and white T-shirts forced their way into the home of David and Billie Sue Frye in the 400 block of North Wright Avenue. They pushed Billie Sue Frye to the floor and put a gun in the mouth of the couple's 3-year-old daughter.

The men hit and kicked David Frye when he tried to protect his family. They took six shotguns, a rifle, credit and debit cards and keys from the home and threatened to return and kill the family if anyone called police.

“Anyone that is brazen enough to put a gun in the mouth of a 3-year-old child is a very dangerous criminal, and capturing these suspects was priority No. 1 for the Raeford Police Department," Police Chief Michael Dummett said.

Dummett said the robbers knew the Fryes' 17-year-old son, but he backtracked on his initial belief that they could be gang members.

“My son has hung with some pretty bad people. He’s done stupid things. Do I think that he did this to us on purpose? No,” David Frye said Friday.

The family was so traumatized by the attack that they left the house for more than a week afterward, he said.

"If something creaks, crawls or whatever, my wife's up out of the bed," he said.

David Frye said he worries about his daughter.

"At night, when she’s at the house, it seems to be the worst. She has a bunch of play guns – laser guns that we bought her for Christmas – and she picks them up and tells us that she’s going to protect mommy and daddy,” he said. “Or she’ll ask me if I’m going to protect her, and then she’ll tell me she’s going to protect her mama.

“I don’t even know if we’ll be able to stay in Raeford," he said. "I’ve been in this town since 1970. I’ve never had this happen. My doors have always been unlocked."

Brian Keith Jones, 22, and Donte Maurice Vanclief, 21, both of 6544 Lagoon Drive in Fayetteville, have each been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault by pointing a gun, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, and one count of breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of a firearm, assault and battery and injury to personal property.

Keith Revels, 25, of 112 Heron Drive in Raeford, was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping.

Willie Harrison Ellerbe, 22, of 1509 Pope St. in Raeford, was charged with three counts of felony conspiracy and one count each of breaking and entering and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Nora Chaney, 19, of 1762 Cawdor Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

Marlena Locklear Spruill, of Parks Mobile Home Park in Raeford, was arrested early Saturday. She is charged with breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

All six were being held Monday in the Hoke County jail under $1 million bonds.

Police said they were searching for Yomere Juan Busbee, of 1132 Bunce Road in Fayetteville, and Lance Vanclief, of 4305 Rosehill Road in Fayetteville.

“They assisted, they conspired, they gave rides, they gave shelter, things of that nature,” Dummett said.