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Police: Man dies of heart attack after home invasion

Posted September 4, 2009 2:30 p.m. EDT

— Rocky Mount police said that a 57-year-old man died of a heart attack after an armed man robbed him and his daughter in their home early Friday.

Amy Harper, 35, told police that she woke around 1 a.m. to the sound of glass breaking in her home in the 4800 block of Crape Myrtle Street. She got up to investigate and found a man pointing a gun at her father, Alton Lee Harper, police said. The man then pointed the gun at her and demanded money.

Amy Harper told police she gave the man a lock box, and he ran out the back door. Her father ran after him but couldn't find him. He came back to the house and called police.

Alton Harper spoke outside with officers, then went back into house, where he collapsed, police said. Paramedics transported him to the hospital, where he died. Police said he died of a heart attack.

A K-9 search did not find the gunman.

Anyone with information about the crime should call police Detective Renee Walcott at 252-972-1680 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that solves certain felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.