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Fayetteville woman, children held hostage during home robbery

Posted January 24, 2011 5:17 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2011 6:30 p.m. EST

— Lukilla Smith was returning from work just after 11 p.m. on Saturday when a masked man with a gun approached her outside the door of her home on Tuckertown Lane in Fayetteville.

Smith’s older son dialed 911 when he heard his mother scream.

“She’s been robbed,” the boy told the dispatcher.

Smith said the man forced her inside, where he used duct tape to detain her and her 13-year-old and 7-year-old sons.

“They duct taped our hands and our feet, then tried to take electronics out of the house,” Smith said.

Smith said a second man came into the hous,e and the two took a laptop, television and video game system.

“It all happened so fast. The lady – the officer – was standing over me before you know it,” Smith said.

When officers arrived, the two men sped off in a gold Nissan Maxima. The car soon crashed, and then men ran away. All of the stolen property was recovered.

The men remain at-large.

Smith said she plans to move. 

Officers said the experience is an alarming reminder to be on guard.

“Be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, call 911,” Fayetteville Police Sgt. John Somerindyke said.