Five arrested for violent home invasion

RAEFORD On March 7, homeowner David Frye said two or three suspects wearing bandanas over their faces and pistols in their hands, stormed through his front door on North Wright Street in Raeford.

On Thursday, Raeford police arrested five suspects and are searching for three more. The police chief says they were not part of an organized gang.

"We have two that actually committed the assault and we have also people who were co-conspirators that assisted in the crime," Raeford Police Chief Mike Dummett said.

According to police, Brain Jones and Donte Vanclief - who are in jail - were two of the individuals that actually conducted the home invasion. They - along with the three other suspects - face a slew of charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Frye said the suspects held him, his wife and 3-year-old daughter captive for about 40 minutes demanding money and bank cards.

At one point one of the suspects held a gun to his daughter's head then stuck the barrel in her mouth.

"I thought I had lost that child, I really did," Frye said. "Thought I had lost everybody, I begged him to kill me instead of that young'en."

Frye says he was pistol whipped and knocked unconscious, one of the suspects checked Frye to see if they had killed him.

ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned the home invasion was apparently retaliation against Frye's 17-year-old son.

"It was a specific event, based on they knew where they were going and where they wanted to go, they knew what they wanted to do," Dummett said. "I can tell you there is a direct connection between the son and his activities and what led to the assaults that happened to his parents."

"My son has hung with some pretty bad people," Frye said. "He's done stupid things. Do I think that he did this to us on purpose, no."

Faye and his family have moved back into their home, but he says the arrests don't bring closure for his family. "You want the truth, I don't know," Frye said. "I don't know if my wife will ever have closure. I said it the last time I talked with some folks, I don't even know if we'll be able to stay in Raeford."

Meanwhile, the five suspects that have been arrested, are in the Hoke County jail under $1 million bond each.

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