CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Three suspects in Thursday morning’s armed home invasion in Cary have been arrested and charged, Cary Police said.
Cary Police said “tips from the public and a quick-paced, multi-jurisdictional effort,” led to the arrests of John Battle, 23, of Durham, Tycorey Taborn, 24, of Wendell, and Justin Atwater, 16, of Durham.
Around 2 a.m. Thursday, the suspects entered the home in the 400 block of Sandy Whispers Place, which is located just northwest of the N.C. Highway 55 and N.C. Highway 540 interchange.
The suspects held two adults at gunpoint inside the home while another adult was forced to withdraw money from a local ATM, police said.
The suspects stole electronics, jewelry, handbags and wallets, as well as a 2013 Ford Explorer.
Battle has been charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony second-degree kidnapping, and felony first-degree burglary. Taborn and Atwater both face a felony accessory after the fact charge. Penalties for these charges range from 3 years to over 13 years, police said.
All three suspects have been transported to the Wake County Detention Center.
The three arrests came about a day after a vehicle stolen from one of the victims of the home invasion was found burned in Durham, police said.
The Ford Explorer with North Carolina license number CLA-5098 was found fully engulfed in flames on Anacosta Street near Dakota Street in Durham around 12 a.m. Friday, authorities said. The vehicle was unoccupied. Durham Police contacted the Cary Police Department because of their belief that the vehicle was tied to Thursday’s armed robbery.
The vehicle was unoccupied. Durham Police contacted the Cary Police Department because of their belief that the vehicle was tied to Thursday’s armed robbery.
“Thanks to near round-the-clock media coverage and posts on social media, we are able to begin bringing closure to the family who fell victim to this horrible incident,” said Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne. “Our investigation is continuing, and we again ask anyone with information related to these people or the invasion to please call.”
Callers can call the Town’s non-emergency line at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls to Crime Stoppers are kept confidential at the caller’s request.
Police said they believe at least five men were involved in the home invasion and at least two are still on the run.