Three Men Arrested In Halifax County Home Invasion

Three men are now behind bars charged in a recent home invasion in Halifax County where one of the intruders was shot and killed.

On Friday Halifax County deputies arrested 24-year-old Rynel Gaines, 43-year-old Raymond Belcher, and 22-year-old Deunta Squire. All three are from Roanoke Rapids.

Gaines, Belcher, and Squire are charged with First Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

All three were given a $200,000 dollar bond each. Their first court appearance is scheduled for February 1st.

The charges stem from a home invasion that occurred at a home in Littleton on December 21st. One intruder was shot dead by a homeowner in the incident, another suspect was arrested.

Deputies are still looking for 21-year-old Rodney Miles Jr. Anyone with information is asked to call Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

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Local lawmen say a person was shot dead trying to rob a house Wednesday night. Another suspect is under arrest.

Kyman Northington is behind bars in Halifax county right now. Deputies say Northington and three others broke into a house in the area of Short Street in Littleton around 8:15pm last night.

Lawmen arrived on scene to find the homeowner detaining Northington, while another suspect had been shot and was not responding. The homeowner says two other burglars fled on foot.

Halifax county lawmen are not releasing the name of the suspect who was shot dead. As they investigate the whereabouts of the two who got away, they ask anyone with information to call Halifax County Crimestoppers at (252) 583-4444.

We don't know yet if the homeowner in Halifax county is the one who shot the intruder, but if it was, a new state law could protect him.

The so-called castle doctrine was strengthened as of December 1st in North Carolina. It says, in part, you no longer have to retreat from your home before shooting at an intruder.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Halifax Co. on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    If someone was breaking into my home, I'd retreat. To a good shooting position.
  • by tayronachan Location: Scotland Neck NC on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    I bet this will slowdown home invasions and robberies for a little while.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville NC on Dec 25, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Native you need to read what I said again. I said that old law says you have NO DUTY TO RETREAT. Read the others comments carefully before you start speaking out your %^*.
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Get 3 ropes!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    The home invaders made what is known as "a fatal error in the victim selection process".
  • by Rex Location: ENC on Dec 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Break into my house, you are probably breaking in to commit a Felony and not to use my bathroom. I'm going to shoot and kill you. Finally a story with a happy ending, one of the Thugs is dead. People, arm yourselves, legally. Read the NC General Statutes for yourselves and understand them. Things are getting worse in this Country, not better.
  • by Greenville Resident Location: Greenville on Dec 25, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Great Job, maybe we can get some help in Greenville. Police work is the answer and the community did not stand for thugs in the community.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 24, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    To 250 if someone breaks in my home I'LL introduce them to 270 and it packs a punch.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Dec 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    The homeowner needs more training. One down- 4 escaped. No more muzzle-loaders for home defense folks!
  • by 40some on Dec 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    They must have threatened that guy in the pic to put him on the zombie buffet if he didn't give up the other two. With a head like that, you'd think he was smarter than your average crook.

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