ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Depending on how you look at it, it can seem like a nice thing to do — opening the door for a stranger in need.
But Thursday night, it proved very dangerous after that decision quickly turned into a home invasion for a family in Rockingham County.
“We’re going to find out who did this and we’re going to bring them to justice,” Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said.
Things on the 1300 Block of Sardis Church Road are typically quiet. But Thursday night, chaos unfolded after what seemed like a friendly knock on the door by a woman described as Black, 5’2″ with a skinny build, who asked to come into the home.
Moments later, two men described as Black, over 6 feet tall, slender-build, armed with handguns and wearing masks, reportedly forced their way into the home.
“One of the subjects struck Mr. Knight in the head with his pistol which caused some injury,” Page said.
Authorities said the suspects stole cash, several firearms, an iPad and an iPhone.
Fletcher Knight, 73, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His wife, who was inside the home at the time, was uninjured. However, one thing that can’t be stitched up is a wound to the family’s sense of security.
“I talked to the Knights this morning, it’s safe to say, they’re shook up. Anybody would be under these circumstances,” Page said.
Investigators sifted through the scene throughout the night and into the day to find any clues pointing them to the three suspects responsible.
While the sheriff said he is glad no one was seriously hurt, he warns roughly 8,000 people in Rockingham County have permits to carry concealed firearms.
“Under the castle doctrine, they (residents) have authority to protect themselves from a violent entry into their residence, so you better think twice because you may not walk away if you plan on victimizing some more people in Rockingham County,” Page said.
The sheriff advises residents not to open the door for anyone they don’t know.
If someone knocks at your door and needs help, let them know you are calling authorities who could help them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3232 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.