Suspects Linked To Attempted Home Invasion

A 34 year-old woman was at home alone Monday night when someone tried to break into her residence. Johnston County deputies conducted a traffic stop near the scene and arrested three people they say are responsible.

Around 7:45pm, the victim was on the telephone with her husband when she heard a noise in front of her home in the 10000 block of Highway 39 North of Selma.  She looked outside and saw a vehicle stuck in a muddy area near her driveway.

Moments later a dog inside the residence began growling in the direction of the back door. When she went to investigate she saw two men on the rear deck who appeared to be peering inside the door glass.  Seconds later, she heard a noise at another entry door. One of the male suspects on the rear deck had gone to a side door and was attempting to turn the door knob. The same suspect then attempted to open the door to her car parked in the driveway but the vehicle was locked.

The woman called 911 reporting the burglary.

Prior to deputies arriving the suspects had gotten their car freed from the mud and had left.  Officers canvassing the area spotted the car leaving the driveway of a nearby home on Highway 39 and conducted a traffic stop.

Matthew Kristian Hussey, 31, of the 10000 block of Highway 222 West, Middlesex and Michael Antonio Clay, 30, of 6500 block of Little Rock Church Road, Lucama were charged with attempted first degree burglary and felony conspiracy. Hussey was also charged with attempted breaking and entering a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

The third suspect, Carrie Gayle Kersey, 32, of Powell Hooks Road, Lucama was charged with felony conspiracy and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Hussey and Clay were confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $100,000 bond.  Kersey was held under a $40,000 bond.

The victim in the case was not harmed.  A quick response by Johnston County deputies led to the suspects apprehension.