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Teen: "If I move or try to call 911, he would kill me"

A 13-year-old boy was held at gunpoint Monday as a man robbed his Cumberland County home, authorities said Wednesday.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Aaron Patton Jr., 13, thought he stood in front of death.

Patton was awakened by a loud boom at his Burbank Street home on Monday and thought nothing of it – until a masked man dressed in black walked into his room and pointed a gun at his head.

“When I was putting my stuff in the bag, I asked him if he was going to kill me, and he said he was if I start slowing down,” the teenager said. “After I put all my games in the bag, he told me to stand in my corner and he said if I move or try to call 911, he would kill me.”

The burglar kicked in the back door of the Cumberland County home at about 1:30 p.m. while Patton slept on the living room sofa.

Patton was held at gunpoint as the unknown man took a 42-inch flat-screen television, a Wii U and PlayStation 3. The man fled in a light grey or silver Honda Civic, authorities said.

“I stayed for like five minutes to make sure they were gone," Patton said.

The teen then called his father, who was at work. The terrifying news reminded the elder Patton of some recent activity.

“Two to three days in a row, I seen a black guy and white guy standing down the street there, they would walk up and down the street,” Aaron Patton Sr. said. “I assumed those were the guys who broke into my house. I didn’t pay them any attention. I didn’t have any reason to call the police because they hadn’t done anything. Now I wish I had.”

Two days after the incident, Aaron Patton Jr. is still shaken, but glad to be alive.

His father hopes an arrest is made soon.

“I just thank God they didn’t kill my son because it could have been a lot worse,” the elder Patton said. “I really want them to catch these guys because I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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