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Morganton Residents Charged In Home Invasion
L-R: Brayan Jesus Gomez and Christian Dewayne Sigmon
Courtesy of McDowell County Sheriff's Office

Morganton Residents Charged In Home Invasion

Two Burke County residents are among five people charged in connection to a home invasion that reportedly involved the beating of a man and the assault on a woman in the residence.

According to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Brayan Jesus Gomez of Ross Street and 19-year-old Christian Dewayne Sigmon of Pea Ridge Road, both from Morganton were apprehended. In addition, 21-year-old Joseph Farrakhan Hardy of Baldwin Avenue, 19-year-old Ahmad Karreim Washington of Reds Hill Road and 19-year-old Flora Thalia Mejia of Seagle Street, all from Marion, were arrested in this case.

Gomez, Sigmon, Hardy, and Washington were all charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. They’re also charged with misdemeanor assault on a female. Mejia is charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

At 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, a Reds Hill Road resident reported that people broke into his home, restrained him, brandished a shotgun and brass knuckles, robbed him and assaulted him, leaving him with a broken nose. The men also assaulted a female resident of the house. It was determined, during the investigation, that multiple suspects involved were acquainted with the victims.

Bond for Gomez and Sigmon was set at $205,000 apiece. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court in Marion January 11. Hardy and Washington each received $140,500 bond, they both have District Court dates January 8. Mejia’s bond was set at $200,000, a District Court appearance is set for January 11.