The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says that four men are locked up after a Saturday evening home invasion in which family chased the suspects from the property.
Sheriff Chris Hill says that they received a call of a home invasion type burglary at 2679 Canady Road in Grifton around 6:30 p.m.
Deputies say three men came into the home through an unlocked front door and began forcing the seven children inside to get onto the floor at gunpoint. Family members say the children were from two to 13 years old.
One of the children managed to run to their mother and father who were cooking outside for a birthday party with two other adults .
Officials say that when confronted by the adults, the men ran from the house and got in a Mistsubishi driven by a fourth man.
Believing at first a two year old may have been kidnapped, three of the adults chased the vehicle from Canady Road to Grifton-Hugo Road where the get-away vehicle hydroplaned and stopped in the front yard of a home.
Deputies say two of the men ran from the vehicle and were later captured by officers. The other two were held by the parents until deputies arrived.
Arrested were 20-year-old Marquise Clark, 24-year-old Jajuan Hubbard, 25-year-old Sylvester Arrington, and 20-year-old Fernandez Mills. All four are from Kinston.
The four have been charged with 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping, and 3 counts of conspiracy. They are each being held on a $200,000 bond.
“This was a burglary that had the potential to go terribly wrong," said Sheriff Hill. "Thankfully no one was injured. Based upon our interviews with the suspects, we know they entered with the intent to steal various items within the home. The quick actions of the family stopped the aggression forcing the robbers to flee the home. I must again strongly advise residents that they must keep their doors locked, especially at night, and to not open them unless they know who is on the other side.”