Deputies: 1 arrested, 1 at large in Craven County home invasion

CRAVEN COUNTY - Deputies said they have arrested one suspect but are still looking for another in a Craven County home invasion where shots were fired.

According to the Craven County Sheriff's Office, Erik Martin (pictured left) was arrested Friday for the home invasion that happened Wednesday on Godette School Road just north of Harlowe.

The homeowner, Jonathan Hyman, said he, his wife and a friend were inside the mobile home when the two suspects forced their way inside. Hyman said the men then fired shots into the door of the bedroom where Hyman and his wife were hiding.

Hyman said the intruders ran off when they heard him calling 911. No injuries were reported.

Martin has been charged with possession of firearm by felon, possession of cocaine, burglary, and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. Cocaine, two handguns, and $7,900 in cash were seized while deputies executed search warrants, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Deputies said they are still looking for the other suspect, Tony "Capone" Elliot (pictured right). Anyone with information is asked to contact the Craven County Sheriff's Office at 252-636-6620 or Crime Stoppers at 252-633-5141.

According to investigators, nothing was taken during the home invasion. There is no word on a motive.


Deputies said they are searching for two men who shot into a Craven County home with three people inside early Wednesday.

According to Capt. Joe Heckman of the Craven County Sheriff's Office, it happened at a mobile home on Godette School Road just north of Harlowe. Deputies got the call a little after 12 a.m. Wednesday.

The homeowner, Jonathan Hyman, said he couldn't have been more surprised.

"God was really with us that night," Hyman said "The investigators told us it was the grace of God....they told us that we were lucky."

Hyman, his wife and a friend were inside the mobile home when they heard a knock on the back door. Hyman went to see who it was.

"I open the door and there were two men, one with a shotgun and another with handgun," Hyman said.

Hyman described the men as black, wearing camouflage and masks. 

When he saw the gunmen, he slammed the back door and ran to the bedroom to check on his wife who was sleeping in the bed. As they took for cover in a corner, they heard the men push their way through the back door, and head towards the bedroom. Hyman and his wife then watched gunshots go through their closed bedroom door, striking the bed mattress just feet away from them. The gunmen then kicked at the door until it broke.

Hyman says while all this was happening, his friend who was on the other side of the residence escaped by running out the other end of the home.

While the gunmen were inside, Hyman called 911. He said when the intruders heard him on the phone with authorities, they ran off.

"It just makes me upset, makes me real upset, makes me me wanna do something," Hyman said. "But I'm a better man than that, I'm going to keep walking, I'm going to."

Nothing was taken from the home, said Heckman. There was no word on a motive.

Heckman says the investigation is ongoing.

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