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Two arrested in Rope Lane home invasion

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By Jenny Arnold

Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion on Rope Lane on Sunday night in which a man and woman were tied up.

Reuben Timothy Curry, 24, of 1177 Shiloh Drive, and Tyrone Johnson Jr., 19, of Rock Hill, were arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and were in possession of two stolen vehicles, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office attorney Tom Holland.

Warrants from Lancaster County are pending, Holland said. The men will be charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

The men remained in custody in Charlotte on Monday afternoon.

The men left the Rope Lane home by stealing the man and woman’s vehicles, according to an incident report.

The report said the 31-year-old male victim told authorities that he and the woman had arrived at the home about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He was about to get his infant out of the car when three men came from around the house.

All three assailants had guns, the report said.  They were wearing black, including black ski masks.  

One of the assailants put an assault rifle in the man’s face and ordered the man and woman into the house.  Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the man who was assaulted was allowed to carry the infant inside the house.

“The baby wasn’t hurt,” Faile said.

The man was tied up with a cord, the report said. The woman was also tied up with a cord and her mouth bound with duct tape.

The man was hit on the head several times with a chrome pistol.

The assailants stole $1,150 in cash, four chrome, 24-inch wheels, a gold necklace and a gold bracelet.

The assailants also took a red and silver Chevrolet Caprice with 28-inch chrome wheels valued at $30,000, and a green and gray Lincoln Town Car valued at $6,000.

Total value of the items stolen is $39,900, according to the report.

The man was able to free himself and the woman after the assailants left, the report said.

The man was treated at the scene for the cut to his head by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services.

Cases not related

Faile said investigators don’t believe Sunday’s home invasion is related to an April 8 home invasion at a Carolina Lane home, which is in the same area, off Memorial Park Road.

In that incident, a 34-year-old man was shot in both legs after someone forced his way into his mobile home.

The man jumped out a trailer window to escape.

No arrests have been made in the April 8 case, but investigators are following leads.

“We have some people of interest,” Faile said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151