Deputies search for 4th suspect in Cumberland Co. home invasion

Deputies search for 4th suspect in Cumberland Co. home invasion

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Genodeaon Geneall Barnett Genodeaon Geneall Barnett
Demario Teraze Johnson Demario Teraze Johnson
Hakeem Anthony Middleton Hakeem Anthony Middleton
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who ran away from deputies during a manhunt Tuesday morning. Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers had guns drawn during the search in a residential area.

The man is one of four men suspected in a home invasion robbery around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The sheriff's office believes that at least one, possibly two, homes were targeted by the men. The home invasion took place in the 5600 block of Dudley Road.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said the men led deputies and troopers on a chase into the area behind the IGA grocery store on Cedar Creek Road. Law enforcement officers flooded the area, which includes a forested area, an apartment community, single family homes and the grocery story strip mall.  They were able to arrest three of the suspects in the area.

The fourth man ran away, and deputies with rifles kept watch over the area for more than an hour.

"They had rifles. So I knew they were on a mission. Something bad had to happen," commented Jane Wilson who lives in the nearby apartment community. "All I did was get ready to lay on the floor to take cover. With bullets flying you don't know. They don't have no name on them."

In custody are 31-year old Demario Teraze Johnson, 22-year old Geno Deon Barnett and 34-year old Hakeem Anthony Middleton. Middleton is a registered sex offender. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit, breaking and entering and second-second degree kidnapping, assault on a female and several other charges. Middleton is being held on a $55,000 bond.

Barnett is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit, breaking and entering and second-second degree kidnapping as well as other charges. Barnett is being held on a $42,000 bond.

Johnson is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit, second-degree burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and second-degree kidnapping and several other charges. Johnson is being held on a $45,000.

The search continued in the eastern part of Cumberland County, but the man was not arrested Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.

"How dangerous is that person?" Wilson wondered. "We don't know. I want them to catch him. I want them to hurry up and catch him so we can be comfortable."

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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