Three arrested in home invasion, robbery

Julian Lavort Phillips, Tommy Joe Richardson, and Erin Elizabeth Childress (Images courtesy Moore County Sheriff's Office)

November 29, 2012 10:03:55 AM PST
Three people have been arrested in connection with a breaking and entering and armed robbery at a home in Carthage, according to Moore County authorities.

Officials said a male and female reported that they had been held at gunpoint and the suspects demanded money. Both victims were physically assaulted during the incident, but neither suffered serious injuries.

A Cameron police officer spotted a vehicle matching a description of the suspect's and stopped the car on NC Highway 24/27.

Inside the vehicle the officer found evidence from the robbery and a firearm that had been stolen in Chatham County in 2009.

Investigators arrested the two men inside the vehicle -- 45-year-old Julian Lavort Phillips and 32-year-old Tommy Joe Richardson.

After further investigating, officials arrested 29-year-old Erin Elizabeth Childress in connection with the armed robbery.  

Phillips was charged with one count each of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking or entering, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony assault by strangulation, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held on $800,000 secured bond.

Richardson and Childress were charged with one count each of felony aiding and abetting an armed robbery and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Both are being held under a $10,000 secured bond.

All have a first court appearance of Dec. 13.

The circumstances of the stolen firearm are still under investigation in Moore and Chatham Counties.

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