One of the victims in an early morning home invasion recognized one of the intruders when his mask slipped during a struggle, Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
Donald Arthur Blevins III of Wilkesboro Highway was arrested on five felony charges and received a $500,000 bond from a magistrate. Additional arrests are expected, Campbell said in the release.
Blevins was arrested on charges of first- and second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, larceny and first-degree burglary.
Campbell gave the following account:
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, deputies answered a call concerning a home invasion on Rosy Apple Lane.
Five people were at the home when they said four to five masked intruders forced their way into the home. One of the people at the home said the intruders were armed with guns and demanded money and drugs.
The homeowner described being beaten with brass knuckles and stabbed in the head and, during the initial struggle, the mask covering one of the intruders’ faces came down and a victim recognized Blevins.
After tying the five people inside the house up, the intruders searched the house and took several items.
One of the people was able to get free and call 911.
Deputies then searched for Blevins, finding him around 10 a.m. Sunday as he was arriving at his fiancée’s home, Campbell said.
Search warrants for Blevins’ home and a vehicle he was known to travel in were executed, and evidence was located at the home and in the car, Campbell said. He said the evidence was consistent with statements from the people in the house.
Campbell said the investigation is still ongoing to determine the identity of the other suspects.