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With shovel, dog and patience, man leads police to home invasion suspect

Posted August 19, 2015 2:31 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2015 6:14 p.m. EDT

— In the hours after Fayetteville police issued a warrant for the arrest of a man suspected in at least three home invasions, that man was allegedly lying in wait for a possible fourth attack.

But the next potential victim got the upper hand on Curtis Perry King.

Luke Harvey said he saw King trying to break into his Strickland Bridge home Tuesday around dusk. King came toward him.

"So I hit him with a shovel,” Harvey said. He whacked the man in the head and turned his dog on him, then he went inside to call police.

King vanished into the woods.

"I guess he just went across the road and hid out in the woods,because I didn’t see him, (and the) police couldn’t find him,” Harvey said.

Hours passed, and Harvey returned to his porch. On a whim, called out.

"I was like, 'Where are you?' just yelling into the woods," Harvey said. "A voice came back from across the road."

While Harvey talked, his girlfriend called 911.

"It was a really weird conversation," Harvey said. "He was like multipersonality. He'd be really aggressive, really passive, and then, 'I'm sorry.'"

The men talked for about for 40 minutes until police arrived, and King told Harvey he had long struggled with drugs.

Police picked up the conversation and, after another couple of hours, coaxed King from the woods.

King, 43, of the 1600 block of Tryon Drive, has a long criminal record that ranges from moving violations to drug possession and weapons charges. On Tuesday, he added charges of first-degree burglary, breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first- and second-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was being held in the Cumberland County Jail under a $600,000 bond.