Arrests in string of Henderson home invasions bring relief
Posted May 18, 2011 4:00 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2011 7:48 p.m. EDT
Henderson, N.C. — The arrests of nine suspects who collectively face more than 350 felony charges in connection with 27 home invasions in Henderson brought some relief to a family who was robbed at gunpoint four days before Christmas.
Milton and Schmika Person said their lives were irrevocably changed when four masked men broke through their back door, two of them wielding guns and stole a 50-inch television and other electronics.
"I didn't try to fight him or anything like that," Milton Person said. "I just lay there and did what he said, and I was scared to death."
The armed men pointed their guns at the couple's two daughters, ages 21 and 13, the Persons said.
Three months ago, their sense of security shaken, the Persons moved to a different part of Henderson.
"I didn't feel comfortable in my own home. If you're not comfortable in your own home, it's time to leave," Milton Person said.
"Once everything was over, I was just a terrible wreck," Schmika Person said.
Henderson police said what happened to the family has happened far too often in the last year.
"They would enter at different times of the day, usually at night," said Henderson police Lt. Chris Ball. "They would enter the residence, kicking in the front door... with masks on."
The arrests, which were announced Wednesday but occurred over the past three months, were the culmination of a yearlong investigation.
Charges for each of the nine suspects range from robbery with a dangerous weapon to possession of stolen goods.
Tyrell Keshaun Person, 20, of 409 Davis St., and David Vernell Marrow, 23, of 360 Davis St., were both charged in connection with the home invasion at the Persons' home, in addition to several other break-ins.
Tyrell Person, who isn't related to Milton or Schmika Person, was charged with the following:
- First-degree burglary (9 counts)
- Second-degree kidnapping (6 counts)
- Robbery with a dangerous weapon (7 counts)
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (5 counts)
- Breaking and entering (19 counts)
- Felonious larceny (20 counts)
- Possession of stolen goods (22 counts)
- Felony conspiracy (27 counts)
- Discharge a firearm into occupied property (2 counts)
- Misdemeanor injury to personal property (24 counts)
- Impersonating a law enforcement officer (3 counts)
He was being held in the Vance County jail on a $1.5 million bond.
Marrow was charged with:
- First-degree burglary (8 counts)
- Second-degree kidnapping (5 counts)
- Robbery with a dangerous weapon (6 counts)
- Breaking and entering (16 counts)
- Felonious larceny (18 counts)
- Possession of stolen goods (18 counts)
- Felony conspiracy (23 counts)
- Discharge a firearm into occupied property (1 count)
- Misdemeanor injury to personal property (21 counts)
- Impersonating a law enforcement officer (2 counts)
He was being held in the Vance County jail on a $1 million bond.
Authorities said they've identified one other suspect in the Persons' case – Quentin Kareem Person.
Quentin Person, who also isn't related to Milton or Schmika Person, is wanted on multiple charges related to the string of break-ins. He was not in custody Wednesday and is considered armed and dangerous.
A full list of arrestees and their charges is available here.