Police say three armed men broke into a Lumberton, North Carolina, home on Monday night with intentions of raping a 19-year-old woman and robbing her family. But the one thing they weren’t prepared for was dealing with their would-be victim’s fearless grandfather.
Two of the suspects reportedly knocked on the grandfather’s door at around 10 p.m. Monday and then stormed in and demanded money when he answered. All three of the men were armed and wearing black cloths, ski masks and gloves, according to police.
The 67-year-old grandfather and his wife were reportedly taken to the back of the house and ordered to open a safe. But the trio of thugs crossed the line when they attempted to gang rape the man’s granddaughter, officials said.
It wasn’t clear if the grandpa kept a gun in the safe or how exactly he got his hands on his firearm — but he did. He reportedly shot all three of the suspects, though he was also shot while rescuing his granddaughter.
The suspects eventually fled and drove away in the grandfather’s Cadillac.
Two of the men were found by police after they went to an area hospital for treatment. Police found the third suspect, identified as 20-year-old Jamie Lee Faison, dead in the stolen Cadillac.
The grandfather was transported to a local hospital and then later airlifted to a different facility.
In a Facebook post, a reported family member of the grandpa, Sherri Bridgeman, wrote that the hero was “out of surgery but still critical in ICU," WBTW-TV reports.
“Thanks everyone for all your prayers just keep them coming!!! But the intruders have been caught!!!” she added.
The surviving suspects, identified in reports as Brandon Carver Stephens and Jamar Hawkins, also had to be airlifted to other hospitals for emergency treatment. Their conditions were unknown as of Thursday night.
Photos of the other suspects were released on Thursday:
(H/T: Bearing Arms)