Police charge 55-year-old man with string of home invasion robberies

From staff reportsJanuary 28, 2013 

James Kelvin Medlin


— Police have charged a 55-year-old man in connection with a string of home invasions in Wake County reaching back to August.

Raleigh police arrested James Kelvin Medlin of 4700 Turnbuckle Court in Apex on Thursday night during a traffic stop.

Police in Apex and Raleigh and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged Medlin with numerous crimes since summer.

The latest was on Thursday in the 1400 block of Kershaw Drive, according to Raleigh police. Just after 6 p.m., a 90-year-old man reported that after returning home from running errands, he was confronted by a man who forced him into his home and robbed him of cash at gunpoint before fleeing.

Medlin is charged with felony breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping in connection with that incident.

Medlin is also charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of assault on a female, one count of sexual battery, one count of attempted first-degree rape, one count of attempted common law robbery and one count of common law robbery in connection with crimes from Aug. 17 to Nov. 30.

Apex police charged Medlin with numerous felonies in what they said was the robbery of an elderly couple in early December and an attempt to rape the woman.

The Apex charges against Medlin were first- and second-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape, felony breaking and entering, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

According to arrest warrants, Medlin is accused of having a .22-caliber pistol when he broke into the couple’s home on Dec. 6.

The charges against Medlin are the result of a joint investigation involving police in Apex, Cary and Raleigh and the Wake sheriff’s office.

Medlin was being held on a $5.1 million bond pending a court appearance Monday.

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