Burglary Suspect Shot In 2017 Arrested After Buying AR-15

Criminal charges continue to pile up against a 22 year-old man who reportedly was shot by a homeowner during a burglary last year in Johnston County. Now the suspect has been charged with purchasing an AR-15 with counterfeit money.

On November 29, 2017, a 40 year-old man returned to his Ogburn Road, Smithfield home to find two burglars inside his house.  The victim said the two burglars began firing their guns towards him in the front yard. He returned fire as the two suspects fled on foot and shot one of the alleged intruders, Jauquan Fontae Sanders of W. Jones Street, Selma.

Sanders was reportedly found by officers in the bushes at a neighbor’s home suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Sanders was released from the hospital before warrants could be filed against him.

A few days ago, deputies received a report from a man that he had sold a used AR-15 rifle on a gun website to Sanders but said $320 of the $500 in cash paid for the weapon was counterfeit money.

Sanders was located Monday and charged with second degree burglary stemming from the November 2017 incident on Ogburn Road. He was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering a forged instrument and possession of counterfeit money for the AR-15 purchase.  Bail was set at $130,000.

The second burglary suspect was never identified.