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Suspect surrenders in beating, robbery of amputee

Posted September 24, 2009 12:35 p.m. EDT
Updated September 24, 2009 3:48 p.m. EDT

— A man wanted in the beating and robbery of a disabled man a week ago has surrendered to authorities.

Delanta McGregory, 39, of Apple Drive in Sanford, is charged with first-degree burglary, assault on a handicapped person, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was being held Thursday in the Lee County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

Calvin Snipes, 39, who has a prosthetic leg, said he was watching television in his home on Lower Moncure Road on Sept. 17 when two men burst through his unlocked front door.

One of the men brandished a gun, and the other slipped a plastic bag over Snipes' head. The men threw Snipes to the floor and bound his and his wife's hands with plastic ties, and then one of the men beat Snipes over the head.

The robbers fled with jewelry, a cell phone, a jar of coins and about $200 in cash, including $125 Snipes said he planned to use to make a payment on his truck.

Investigators haven't yet identified a second suspect in the home invasion.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 919-775-5531.