Two injured in Surry Co. home invasion

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Aaron Lee Johnston (Surry Co. Sheriff's Office)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A man was arrested after deputies said he broke into a home, stabbed two people and stole a car Wednesday night in Mount Airy.

Aaron Lee Johnston, 28, of Kernersville, allegedly invaded a home in the 1700 block of Reeves Mill Road around 11 p.m. while the residents were sleeping.

Deputies said Johnston stabbed a 54-year-old man several times in the back and a 51-year-old woman in the arm. Officials said the male victim also received head wounds.

Authorities said Johnston entered the couple’s bedroom, but the couple managed to get him out of the bathroom and called 911.

“The husband at a very gallant effort struggled with him… He was stabbed several times to the point that he had to retreat into the bathroom with his wife,” Sheriff Graham Atkinson said.

Officials said both victims are being treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The man is reportedly in serious condition.

“You can tell from the scene that they put up a really, really strong fight; and that’s probably what saved their lives."

Deputies said Johnston stole the couple's vehicle and got into a car wreck about 10 minutes away on Rockford Street across from Northern Hospital of Surry County.

The wreck was reported while officers said they were still on the scene of the home invasion. Deputies said the car Johnston drove was registered to the female victim.

Johnston was charged him with one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of felony larceny and one count of first degree burglary.

He was placed in the Surry County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond and has court June 26.

Deputies said although Johnston has a Kernersville address he is believed to be staying in the Mount Airy area.

“We believe it was an individual... Lone wolf picked this one spot and attacked there,” Atkinson said.

“It’s very scary to think that you wake up and somebody is there and don’t have time to really react to it... We have heard they are doing well. We hope they continue to do so,” neighbor Shawn Watson said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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