A Lincolnton woman told deputies she chased a man who allegedly used a gun to threaten her, demand money, and steal her television Tuesday morning from her home in the Pine Village subdivision.
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Ahmad Ryhaid Wallace, of 3042 Chestnut Road, in the incident.
Officers said they took him into custody at his residence after setting up a perimeter around his property, located in the same subdivision as the victim’s home.
The suspect’s roommate allowed officers inside the home and revealed the man to be upstairs, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Earlier that morning, deputies said Wallace entered the victim’s bedroom and turned on her light.
The time was 1:20 a.m., and the woman had been preparing for bed, she told deputies.
The man told her the purpose of his visit was to “clear up a debt” between him and her daughter, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Because of the suspect’s behavior, voice and stature, the woman determined he was possibily a neighbor who had been to her home in the past, the release said.
The man, dressed in all black clothing, immediately pulled out a gun, after the woman stood up from the bed, and demanded her billfold, deputies said.
He also questioned her on the whereabouts of some money she had retrieved from the bank, the release said.
The woman explained to him there was no money, that she had used it to pay bills, deputies said.
The suspect proceeded to push her to the ground after she called out to her daughter, also inside the home, to contact 911, she told deputies.
The man immediately fled the home but not empty-handed.
Deputies said Wallace stole the woman’s television before running from the property, the victim in hot pursuit behind him.
After losing sight of the suspect, the woman told deputies she stopped the chase at the end of the road.
Deputies arrived at the home a short time later to speak with the victim and found no signs of forced entry, they said.
Wallace is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond.
He faces one felony count of first-degree burglary from Tuesday’s incident and Gastonia warants for one felony count each of first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said they seized an air soft pistol and some of Wallace’s clothing items in the incident.
Deputies D. Cline, A. Kennemore, R. Hoernlen and Det. M. Stamey investigated the incident.