3 charged in Gaston home invasion, robbery

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a home invasion and robbery Tuesday evening in eastern Gaston County, police say.

Gaston County police say the suspects went to the home to rob residents of marijuana but realized they had gone to the wrong address.

The three are accused of breaking into a home in the Kings Grant subdivision near Cramerton, tying up a resident, and robbing the man.

Police say it took place shortly after 9 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of King Arthur Drive. A resident said he answered a knock on the door, and the three suspects burst in. Police say the suspects, who investigators say were acquaintances of a member of the family living at the house, took personal belongings and fled.

The victim managed to free himself and call 911.

A Gaston County Police canine search unit was headed to the house when the officer saw a suspicious vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle and spotted what he thought were items that had been taken in the home invasion.

Investigators say the driver of the car then sped off, and police pursued. At the corner of Lowell-Bethesda Road and Westover Road, police say, the driver ran off the road and crashed.

The three suspects, who were not hurt, were taken into custody.

Police say Eric Jerome Sykes, 25, of Mount Holly, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official; robbery with a dangerous weapon; conspiracy to commit robbery; first-degree kidnapping; first-degree burglary; and fleeing to elude arrest. He was jailed under $1 million bond.

Erica Grice, 20, of Charlotte, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery; robbery with a dangerous weapon; first-degree kidnapping; and first-degree burglary. She was jailed under $500,000 bond.

And Johnny Jederrian Nichols, 23, of Stanley, was charged with first-degree burglary; first-degree kidnapping; conspiracy to commit robbery; and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was jailed under $750,000 bond.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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