CLINTON (AP) — Two armed men wearing tactical vests with “SWAT” on them invaded a home and used stun guns on children, including a 4-month-old, authorities said.
There were two adults and five children in the home at the time of Tuesday’s attack. Four occupants were treated at the scene for burn marks.
Deputies responding to a call saw two men running in opposite directions away from the home in Sampson County. One man was captured a short distance away, while the second man was tracked down by a K-9 team in woods behind the home.
An 11-year-old girl in the home hid in a closet and called for help, but was discovered by one of the suspects, who pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her, authorities said.
“It is despicable that someone would torture children, and for what, a little cash,” Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said. “I am thankful that we were able to capture at least two of the three individuals responsible for this heinous act.”
Deputies say a third suspect left in a gray vehicle before law enforcement arrived.
Naquan Lavert Bryant, 20, and Rashad Eugene Curlee, 26, face a host of charges, including kidnapping, assault and attempted rape. They each are jailed under $1 million bond.