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Man told neighbor he was collecting debt during home invasion


Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man for a home invasion at his neighbors' home, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched a home on Chestnut Road in the Pine Village subdivision.

The female victim told 911 dispatchers that she was getting ready for bed when a black male came into her bedroom and turned on the light. The man, she said, was dressed in all black clothing.

The man then sat down on the bed beside the victim and stated he was there to clear up a debt from her daughter, deputies said.

The victim got up from the bed and the man pulled out an all black gun and demanded her billfold. He then asked where the money she got from the bank was. After she informed him that she had used the money to pay her bills, he told her he would just take her TV.

She then screamed at her daughter to call 911, and the man pushed her to the floor and ran out the door. The victim tried to chase him but lost sight of him near the roadway.

The victim told deputies that the man's behavior, size, and voice made her suspect it may be her neighbor, who had been to her house a number of times.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the area of Chestnut Road where the suspect, Ahmad Ryhaid Wallace, 22, lives. They were allowed in the house by a room-mate who told them Wallace was upstairs. 

Wallace was taken into custody without incident. Clothing items and an air soft pistol were seized as evidence.

Wallace is charged with one felony count of first degree burglary. He was also served with a felony first degree burglary and felony larceny after breaking and entering warrant taken out by Gastonia Police in connection with an incident in their area.

He is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond.

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