One charged in fatal NC home invasion, more arrests expected

Raquan Williams (Northampton County Sheriff's Office)

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – A suspect has been arrested in a case involving a home invasion and murder in Woodland.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office says that on Sunday, deputies were called to the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park about gunshots being fired. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Edward Phipps, 49, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Phipps was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.


An investigation of the incident found that the shooting was part of a home invasion of the victim’s home.

On Monday, investigators arrested Raquan Omar Williams, 22. He is charged with:

  • One count of first-degree murder
  • Eight counts of first-degree kidnapping
  • Three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • One count of first degree burglary
  • One count of larceny after breaking and entering
  • One count of injury to personal property

Officials say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected in the coming days.

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