Police arrested a man who they said surrendered when threatened with meeting a police dog inside a home they said the man was trying to rob, and they were looking for an accomplice.
Police also credited a Johnston County 911 dispatcher with quick thinking as he heard the robbery developing while on the phone with a man who had called because his home went dark about 2:30 a.m. Monday.
The case resulted in charges against Gerald Thomas Holmes, 22, III of 107 Picadilly Court in Clayton.
The man found that the power breaker had been switched off outside his mobile home on Lakeview Drive, off NC 42. He switched it back on and was going back into his home when two masked men came up to him. The man said they were armed and demanded money.
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The dispatcher was still on the phone and alerted Clayton police.
The robbers took the man inside, but he ran outside when police arrived.
One of the two suspects was able to flee. His partner was surrounded in the house, however, and police called in the department’s Selective Enforcement Team.
The team includes K-9 officers, and Officer Jamie Brantley told the suspect that his partner, Abel, was coming in.
The man inside gave up without incident, police said.
That man was Holmes, police said. He was charged with kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, having a gun with the serial number altered, gun possession by a felon and assault by pointing a gun.
A magistrate set Holmes’ bail at $200,000, and he was being held in the Johnston County Jail on Tuesday.
Holmes had been convicted of common-law robbery, a felony, that happened in March 2012.