Two charged in home invasion, investigation continues on fatal stabbing

Staff writerJanuary 19, 2012 

— Police are pursuing Sunday’s fatal stabbing in North Raleigh as a separate incident from the home invasion and car crash that occurred just minutes earlier in nearly the same location.

Terrell Gaither Hilliard, 19, and Ronald Stephen Earl Gaither, 23, remain in custody, charged with robbery and car theft. At 4:53 a.m. Sunday a resident from an apartment at 4901 Wallingford Drive called 911 to report she had been robbed by two men and hit in the head by one of them.

Just six minutes later, another call came in reporting a car accident – in which the only car involved was a 2005 GMC Envoy the two men are charged with stealing – and men fighting in the street nearby.

When police arrived, they found Elezar Brache Herrera, 21, had been stabbed. Herrera later died at WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus.

Police have not ruled out that there might have been another person or persons in the area, other than Hilliard and Gaither, who could have been involved in the encounter with Herrera.

“Certainly the possibility is there that certain people need to be identified and located,” said Raleigh Police Spokesman Jim Sughrue. “For detectives that message is the most important out there.”

Sughrue would not confirm or deny that Hilliard and Gaither were still suspects in the stabbing because of the ongoing investigation.

The car was stolen from a victim in South Raleigh some time before the robbery. It crashed on the 4900 block of New Hope Road, a quarter mile away from the home invasion.

In the frantic 911 call, the woman where the home invasion occurred said she and her child were sleeping when she heard the back door kicked in and men screaming. She said the intruders did not have weapons but hit her in the head and robbed the house. The arrest warrants said the men took an X-Box, two laptops, and video games.

At 4:59 another caller near the ensuing accident said two men were fighting in the street near a wreck.

Sughrue said the police would like to talk to anyone who might have information on the incident.

Both Hilliard and Gaither have multiple prior arrests for robbery and breaking an entering.

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