NC couple talk about stopping home invasion and robbery in progress

Martha and Richard Seuhr

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville couple is beefing up security at their home after it was broken into on two separate occasions, including Monday when the couple managed to thwart a home invasion.

Monday afternoon, homeowner Richard Seuhr recalls working on a project in the kitchen around 3:30 p.m. and needing a tool.

When Seuhr walked into another room, he heard an alert from the security system in the couple’s home, which is located in the 2700 block of River Road.

Seuhr said “I knew it wasn’t the front door, I knew it wasn’t the back door.”

Seuhr says he then walked to a side door and found a man inside a connecting room to the house.

Eric Christopher Jones
Eric Christopher Jones

“He did this in broad daylight with us in the house,” Seuhr told a 911 operator. “They broke in this window right here. Son of a gun.”

The man had slipped in through a window. Seuhr says he caught the intruder combing through a file cabinet and then their eyes met.

Seuhr said “before I could say boo hoo, he was out the door and I went to another room to get a gun.”

Seuhr’s wife, Martha, was in the back yard at the time and saw two men run from their home toward the woods.

Martha Seuhr: “I was scared to death. All I could think of is I need to get in the safety of the house where Rick is where I know he’d have a gun.”

When Sheriff Deputies arrived, 28-year-old Eric Jones of Fuquay Varina, was located in a wooded area near the Seuhr’s home.

He was arrested in a wooded area nearby and charged.

The Seuhr’s say the suspects didn’t get away with anything.

This was the second break-in at the Seuhr’s home. In 2012, thieves got away with jewelry, electronics and money..  The Seuhr’s are now beefing up security and plan to install cameras.

During Monday’s robbery, the 911 operator asked Seuhr if any weapons were involved or mentioned.

“I’ve got a weapon in my hand right now,” Seuhr said.

Jones was taken into custody and charged with breaking, entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Jones was also charged with one misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

Jones was being held in the Cumberland County Jail on a $6,500 secured bond.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office is still trying to to identify the second suspect.

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