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Police: Armed men robbed five in Raleigh home

Posted June 28, 2009 3:09 p.m. EDT
Updated June 29, 2009 8:49 a.m. EDT

— Two armed men burst into a Raleigh home occupied by five people – including two children – overnight Saturday, robbed and assaulted the residents, according to arrest warrants.

Joshua Nathaniel Ross, 18, of 708 Hanska Way, was charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Wake County Jail officials said that Clovis Lester Douglas faces the same charges in the case and an additional charge of assault on a female.

According to arrest warrants, two men armed with handguns forced their way into a townhome at 1011 Beachpointe Ave. between midnight Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. Ross hit the two men on the face and head and forced one to show him where valuables were in the house, the warrant says. Douglas is accused of assaulting the one woman in the house.

The men fled after taking a laptop, two cell phones and cash, worth about $1,000 total, the warrant says.

Officer M. Slocum spotted a vehicle matching a description given by the victims at a Sheets gas station at New Bern Avenue and North Rogers Lane, said Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Slocum caught Douglas after a foot pursuit in the area, while Ross fled in the vehicle on New Bern toward Raleigh.

Officer F.J. Maddocks spotted the vehicle again and led efforts to stop it in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on New Bern Avenue, where Ross was arrested, Sughrue said.

Both men were being held in the Wake County Jail Sunday under separate secured bonds of $500,000. Douglas has also been placed under a retainer by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.