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Dunn man dies after home invasion

Posted May 19, 2011 9:28 p.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2011 11:05 a.m. EDT

— A Dunn woman said her husband died from injuries he received from three masked men who broke into their home on Old North Carolina Highway 55.

Alice Johnson, 74, said her husband, Allen Ray Johnson, 73, tried to fight off the intruders during the April 29 attack.

"They got the best of him, then they started beating on both of us," Johnson said. 

Johnson said the men held them at gunpoint while they searched the home for valuables. 

"I was screaming, so one put their hand over my mouth," she said. 

At one point, Johnson said, they put a gun in her husband's mouth. 

The couple had an old safe they purchased but never knew the combination to open. When the intruders found the safe, they refused to believe the couple didn't know how to get inside it. 

"When we did not know the combination, they would hit us again," she said. 

At one point, the intruders put the couple inside their bedroom while they ransacked the rest of the home. When the intruders left the house, Johnson went into another room and called 911. 

Allen Johnson suffered four broken ribs and a head injury. He died Wednesday at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

"I thought he was going to pull through," Johnson said. 

Johnson suffered head injuries and bruises. She has a blood clot in her ear which impairs her hearing. 

"I think I am going to be OK, but I still do not stay at home by myself," she said.