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Mother, 3-year-old son threatened with handgun

Last updated: January 22. 2014 1:58PM - 9183 Views
By - mharrelson@civitasmedia.com - 910-997-3111



Tyshon Roundtree
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Editor’s note: The original Daily Journal report identified one of the suspects as Michael Thomas. Police allege that name is an alias used by Tyshon Roundtree. Roundtree has since been charged with providing false information to a police officer in addition to the charges stemming from the home invasion.


Matt Harrelson


mharrelson@civitasmedia.com


Two men are in jail and a third person, a minor, also is in custody on charges related to a home invasion and kidnapping of a Hamlet woman and her young son.


Both Tyshon Roundtree and Herbert Thomas, age and addresses unknown, are confined inside the Richmond County Jail. Each are being held on a $75,000 secure bond. The third suspect, a boy under the age of 16, is being held at the Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Fayetteville.


The 21-year-old mother and her 3-year-old avoided injury in the altercation.


Mark Gulledge, chief deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, said all three suspects were apprehended within an hour after the incident was reported.


The quiet of the 100 block of Lonnie Lane was disrupted shortly before 10 a.m. Friday when the mother heard someone knocking on the back door of her home. The woman told police she opened the door and two suspects, both black males later identified as Michael and Herbert Thomas, forced their way into the home.


The woman told police she was forced to the floor into a clothes basket. Then one of the suspects grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the kitchen. The woman was told that if she screamed, she would be killed. The victim reported that a gun was put to her head.


During the incident, police said the victim noted the type and color of the suspects’ clothing, which includes black hoodies, blue jeans and doo-rags over their mouths presumably to help conceal their identities.


The victim told police the two men searched her bedroom and living room but did not appear to take anything. The two men then left the premises. At this point, the woman grabbed her son and went to the rear door of her home when she noticed a third black male, later identified to be a minor, was standing at the edge of the woods near her home.


The woman said all three males ran down a trail that followed power lines behind the home. The woman, with her son, went to her neighbor’s house for help.


All three suspects are due in Richmond County District Court at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 in Rockingham. Michael Thomas is to be represented by Vickie Bryant, of Rockingham. The attorney for Herbert Thomas is listed as Kelly Williams, also of Rockingham. It’s unknown if the juvenile suspect has an attorney.


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