Police: Man Dies After Rocky Mount Home Invasion

A man died from a heart attack after a home invasion in Rocky Mount, according to police.

Alton Harper, age 57, and Amy Harper, age 35, were held up at gunpoint in their home on Crepe Myrtle Street early Friday morning.

Police say Amy heard glass breaking, went to investigate and saw a man pointing a gun at her father.

She told police the gunman then pointed the gun at her, demanding money.

Amy told police she gave him a lock box, and the gunman ran out.

Police say her dad, Alton, ran out of the house after him but was unable to locate him.

While reporting the crime, Alton fell to the floor suffering from a heart attack. Police say EMS transported Alton to the hospital where he died.

The suspect is still on the loose.


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  • by bigfoot Location: rmt on Sep 10, 2009 at 04:22 AM
    Good Bye Mr Lee
  • by glenn Location: greenville on Sep 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    i would have had a heart attack when i saw his head roll across my floor. Something needs to be done so people can protect themselves in their home. My prayers goes out to the family of that poor man.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    A: I tell you what's happening in Rocky Mount. It's the same thing going on all around us. The devil is running amock in our young peoples lives. Drugs, etc. It saddens me to hear bad new's everyday. We've even have had 3 suicides in our part of the state (within about a 30 mile radius) just this week. A 35 year old, a 32 year old, and a 13 year old. It's just plain sad....
  • by Snoops Location: Long Beach on Sep 4, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    Murder is the case that they gave me.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Sep 4, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Mad person ... NC law states that if the danger has passed (meaning the criminal is running away) then you lose the right to shot. Now what should have happened is that when they went to investigate the glass breaking someone should have thought to grab either a handgun or a shotgun. Now if they do catch them I think that NC law does allow them to charge them with murder.
  • by a Location: nc on Sep 4, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    What is wrong with Rocky Mount????? It seems like everyday something bads is happening!!!!!
  • by April on Sep 4, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    I hope they catch them and charge them with First degree murder.
  • by Linda Location: Greenville on Sep 4, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    How sad
  • by mad person on Sep 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    a shotgun would have caught him
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