UNION COUNTY — Four men are facing charges in connection with a home invasion in March in which the victim was knocked to the floor and held down while being robbed of $1,500 in cash.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that Jaran Harris, 28, 202 Buffalo St., Buffalo; Tarik Menelik Bryant, 19, 108 Wayside Drive, Union; Gary Haskell Lee Dawkins, 23, 117 Walker Heights, Union; and Timothy Lamar Smith, 24, 406 S. Mountain St., Union, had been charged in connection with the March 23 incident.
All four are charged with burglary and common law robbery in the incident while Harris is also charged with petit larceny. The press release states that Harris is also charged with sex offender registry violation. The charge stems from Harris having changed his address and failing to inform law enforcement as required by law.
The four are charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred at a residence on Browns Creek Church Road, Union on Wednesday, March 23.
According to Taylor, the victim heard a knock at the back door and asked who was there. The person at the door stated his name was Keith. However, Taylor said the victim recognized the voice as being that of Jaran Harris and told him to come back. He said that 15 minutes later, someone knocked at the victim’s front door.
Taylor said the victim stated that he went to the front door and saw three black males with “do-rags” covering their faces. He said the victim stated he then opened the door and one of the males pushed the door open, knocking him to the floor.
Taylor said the victim stated that one of the males was holding him down on the floor and that is when he was able to pull the “do-rag” down and saw that it was Jaran Harris holding him down. He said the victim stated that Harris then pointed toward his pillow and the other two males went to his pillow and took his wallet which contained $1500.
Taylor said the victim stated that all the male subjects then took off running out of his residence. He said that during the incident, the victim’s TV, which is valued at $300, was knocked to the ground and damaged.
Taylor said investigators were called to the scene the night of the incident and spoke to the victim. EMS was also called to observe the victim to make sure he was not injured. Investigators processed the crime scene and collected evidence, which included blood inside of the front door and a toboggan that was on the living room floor.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.