NORTH CAROLINA -

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a series of violent home invasions in 9 counties.

State officials say the owners of several Asian restaurants were attacked and robbed when they were returning home from work. They say there have been 20 similar home invasions in Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Onslow, Pitt, and other North Carolina counties.

State officials are offering an $8,000 reward for information.