Child hurt in Fayetteville burglary

Raiheam Lee Owens, 24, of Brainerd Ave, and Amaria Tayshunay Hornbeck, 21, of Cherry Lane (Images courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

October 12, 2011 7:29:16 PM PDT
Police say an 11-year-old boy was hurt when burglars kicked in the door of his home in the 600 block of Marlowe Drive.

Gary Nicolas was home alone around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

"I heard a kick like boom, boom," Gary Nicolas recalled. "After that, this girl, I heard her voice. She said, 'Let's do this thing.' After that the guy broke the door, and a piece from the door hit me in the face."

Nicolas says the man and the woman fled when they saw him. They jumped into a burgundy colored Ford Taurus and Nicolas ran next door to his neighbor, who called 911. Nicolas and his neighbor were able to provide police with a description of the vehicle and officers stopped it a few blocks away.

Raiheam Lee Owens, 24, of Brainerd Ave, and Amaria Tayshunay Hornbeck, 21, of Cherry Lane, are charged with breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and assault on a child under 12.

Both have a long history of breaking and entering charges.

Police believe the suspects thought no one was home when they entered the home.

"He was scared, and crying and didn't want to go into the house," neighbor David Proctor explained. "I walked over there with him. I said go home with me cause it was raining."

Proctor says the home has been broken into on several occasions.

Nicolas' father, who is a Fort Bragg soldier, says no one told him about the break-ins when he rented the home two months ago. Now, he struggles to find the right words to ease his son's fears.

"I really do worry about my son's safety," Amaral said. "I want to do the best I can to leave the property and go somewhere else."

Amaral says the rental company won't allow him to break the lease, so he's stuck and hopes his son's fears don't become nightmares.

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